USPS Eligible Countries
The United States Postal Service or USPS is the most famous mail delivery service in the world. The USPS eligible countries or countries that are eligible to receive mail through this service include almost every country on Earth. There are 193 United Nations member countries in the world, and the USPS will deliver mail to more than 180 of those countries, with some exceptions.
The most disruptive exceptions for USPS have been during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. At one point, the USPS was forced to suspend its international mail to 22 countries including:
As of April 2022, there are still many countries on the list of countries USPS has suspended mail to as a result of Covid-19. The USPS will also suspend mail delivery to countries for other reasons, such as when a country is under sanctions or during times of war.
Sanctioned Countries Not Eligible for USPS Delivery
Customers of the USPS may not ship mail to sanctioned countries without first obtaining a license to do so. The license must be a specified export license and must include authorization from a federal control agency.
The following countries are not eligible for USPS delivery without that license:
Covid-19 Suspensions for USPS Mail Delivery
Mail delivery was completely suspended for a number of countries during the Covid-19 pandemic. At one point, there were over 22 countries on that list. As of April 2022, there were 19 countries not eligible for USPS mail delivery, temporarily, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The countries temporarily suspended from receiving USPS mail delivery due to the pandemic are as follows:
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Solomon Island
- South Sudan
Additionally, the USPS had temporarily suspended some guarantees of mail, particularly with Priority Mail Express International Service. As of April 2022, mail can still be delivered to these countries, but guaranteed arrival has been temporarily suspended for the following:
Priority Mail Express International Suspensions
As of October 25, 2021, airline disruptions had forced temporary suspensions of Priority Mail Express International, or at least the guaranteed delivery. The countries impacted by this included:
- Great Britain
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
War Suspensions for USPS Mail Delivery
In addition to temporary Covid-19 delivery suspensions, the USPS will temporarily suspend mail deliveries to international destinations that are directly connected to war.
As of March 8, 2022, the following countries were suspended from Global Express Guaranteed Mail Service as a result of the war between Russia and Ukraine: