HM Forces Mail

Find out the best ways to send mail to friends and loved ones in HM Forces with the British Forces Post Office

There are several ways that you can send mail to individuals serving in the HM Forces abroad and entitled civilian personnel.

Prices start from as little as 64p to any BFPO address worldwide. 

HM Forces services overseas

What can you send?

  • Small Parcels up to 2kg with our Royal Mail services
  • Small parcels not exceeding length 45cm, width 35cm and depth 16cm
  • Larger items can be sent with Parcelforce Worldwide up to 30kg, or 11kg for HM ships

Free air letters for HM Forces personnel

Sometimes called 'Blueys', these are regulated by the Ministry of Defence and can change.

  • Get them in the Post Office
  • Use them to send to Forces personnel on operational duty

Standard HM Forces Mail

  • Deliver to any British Forces Post Office (BFPO) number
  • Have your post redirected for free if the recipient moves after you’ve sent your post
  • £20 compensation cover per parcel included

HM Forces Royal Mail Signed For ®

  • Post will not be delivered without a signature to confirm receipt
  • Deliver any item weighing up to 2kg to any British Forces Post Office (BFPO) number
  • Have your post redirected for free if the recipient moves after you’ve sent your post
  • £50 compensation cover per parcel included

HM Forces Royal Mail Special Delivery®

  • For tracking important or valuable items and when you need proof of delivery, including a signature
  • Delivery any item weighing up to 2kg to any British Forces Post Office (BFPO) number
  • You can use your own envelope, but items containing money or jewellery must be sent using Royal Mail Special Delivery envelopes if compensation is to apply for loss or damage
  • Special Delivery does not provide timed delivery or consequential loss
  • £500 compensation cover per parcel included with the option to increase cover to £2,500 at the time of posting

How to address your BFPO parcel or letter

  • Include the recipient’s name, number and rank
  • Include the sub-unit, unit and BFPO number
  • If it’s for a member of their family, send the parcel c/o the Forces member

Full details on what you can send, and how parcels and letters should be packaged can be found at the GOV.UK website.

The BFPO App

The BFPO app was designed to support and connect Forces personnel with their families across the globe. Features include locating all BFPO numbers anywhere in the world, a complete list of all BFPO retailers, and helpful reminders of prohibited and restricted postage items.

You can also use the app to work out the cost of your post by entering details of the size, weight and destination of your item. You can find the app at the iTunes App Store, as well as Google Play for Android. Full details can be found on the GOV.UK BFPO Services page.

Guide to customs

All parcels to BFPO destinations must have a signed customs declaration attached to the outside of the parcel.

HM Revenue and Customs pays close attention to all HM Forces post arriving in or leaving the UK. It’s important to fill out and sign the declaration on Customs label CN22 or CN23. Parcels require a PFU 509/CP 72. Local customs authorities at overseas bases also have the right to examine mail addressed to HM Forces. They may make charges under local regulations. For more about this, ask at your local Post Office branch.