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  • Mail can now be sent to and from a list of 37 countries again, the South African Post Office announced on Tuesday.
  • But with reduced flights and other logistical problems linked to the pandemic, don't expect fast mail service.
  • For now at least, "delivery time for international items is longer than normal".
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Postal service links have been re-established with more than three dozen countries, the South African Post Office announced on Tuesday. That includes the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Japan, as well as Lesotho, Namibia, and Mozambique. 

But sending letters and parcels to and from all those countries may still not be fast, it warned.

"International transport connections are not running optimally owing to reduced flights, and therefore the delivery time for international items is longer than normal," said the Post Office.

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Postal services have been between patchy and non-existent in some parts of the world for well over a year, with transport at times simply not available.

Local service had also been affected by lockdowns, the Post Office said at times, but it was international mail that suffered the most.

The countries with which South Africa now has postal links again are:

  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • England
  • eSwatini
  • France
  • Great Britain
  • Greece
  • Germany (by ship only, no airmail)
  • India
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Lesotho
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Northern Ireland
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Scotland
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • UAE
  • Ukraine
  • USA
  • Wales

(Compiled by Phillip de Wet)

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