Affordable international postage

Easily send letters and parcels abroad with our inexpensive international postage service.

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International Standard

Quick, simple and reliable, our overseas postage service covers destinations worldwide. Choose an option that suits your needs and budget.

  • Items usually reach Europe within 3-5 working days
  • And the rest of the world within 6-7 working days
  • Free returns if your items are undelivered*
  • Up to £20 compensation for lost or damaged items
  • Prices start from £1.42
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International Standard postage prices

How much is International Standard postage? The cost depends on what you want to send. You’ll find our international mail prices for letters, parcels, tubes and printed papers below. Prices are exempt from VAT.

Format and max measurements
Max weight
Price for Europe
Price for World Zone 1
Price for World Zone 2
Price for World Zone 3
Letter 24cm long 16.5cm wide 0.5cm thick 10g £1.42 £1.42 £1.42 £1.42
  20g £1.42 £1.63 £1.63 £1.63
  100g £1.68 £2.42 £2.42 £2.42
Large Letter 35.3cm long 25cm wide 2.5cm thick 100g £2.97 £3.66 £3.82 £3.66
  250g £4.24 £5.30 £5.62 £5.30
  500g £4.88 £7.21 £7.63 £7.21
  750g £5.83 £9.22 £9.81 £9.22
Small Parcels and Printed Papers

The maximum combined parcel length, width and thickness is 90cm with no single side longer than 60cm and weight up to 2kg

The maximum length for tubes is 90cm, and length added to double the diameter should be no more than 104cm and weight up to 2kg

100g £5.11 £5.80 £6.24 £8.38
  250g £5.35 £6.63 £7.18 £9.84
  500g £7.25 £10.06 £10.83 £15.18
  750g £8.47 £12.23 £13.02 £17.73
  1kg £9.53 £14.49 £15.28 £21.18
  1.25kg £10.38 £16.35 £17.40 £24.33
  1.5kg £11.39 £18.01 £19.39 £26.98
  1.75kg £12.11 £18.38 £19.95 £28.15
  2kg £12.52 £19.22 £21.05 £29.71
Printed papers

Only books up to 5kg can be sent to the Republic of Ireland Maximum weight for printed papers is 2kg to Canada and Cambodia

Printed papers: Every additional 250g or part thereof up to 5kg add

£1.21 £1.79 £2.00 £2.53


Which world zone to use for your international postage

You’ll find destination lists for all territories and world zones below.



Covers England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.



Albania Denmark (EU) Kyrgyzstan Russia
Andorra Estonia (EU) Latvia (EU) San Marino
Armenia Faroe Islands Liechtenstein Serbia
Austria (EU) Finland (EU) Lithuania (EU) Slovakia (EU)
Azerbaijan France (EU) Luxembourg (EU) Slovenia (EU)
Azores (EU) Georgia Macedonia Spain (EU)
Balearic Islands (EU) Germany (EU) Madeira (EU) Sweden (EU)
Belarus Gibraltar Malta (EU) Switzerland
Belgium (EU) Greece (EU) Moldova Tajikistan
Bosnia-Herzegovina Greenland Monaco (EU) Turkey
Bulgaria (EU) Hungary (EU) Montenegro


Canary Islands Iceland Netherlands (EU) Ukraine
Corsica (EU) Irish Republic (EU) Norway Uzbekistan
Croatia (EU) Italy (EU) Poland (EU) Vatican City State
Cyprus (EU) Kazakhstan Portugal (EU)  
Czech Republic (EU) Kosovo Romania (EU)  

Use World Zone 1 for countries that aren’t a part of Europe or World Zone 2.

Use World Zone 3 for the USA.

Use World Zone 2 for other territories. For a full list, see below for What’s in World Zone 2?


What’s in World Zone 1?

Covers all countries that aren’t a part of Europe or World Zone 2 or 3. World Zone 1 generally covers countries in North America (except the USA), South America, Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and South East Asia (other than Singapore and Laos). The USA is in World Zone 3.


What’s in World Zone 2?

Australia Belua British Indian Ocean Territory Christmas Island (Indian Ocean)
Christmas Island (Pacific Ocean) Cocos Islands Cook Island Coral Sea Island
Fiji French Polynesia French South Antarctic Territory Keeling
Kiribati Macao Naurun Island New Caledonia
New Zealand New Zealand Antarctic Territory Niue Island Norfolk Island
Norwegian Antarctic Territory Papua New Guinea People's Democractic Republic of Laos Pitcairn Island
Republic of Singapore Solomon Islands Tahiti Tokelau Islands
Tonga Tuvalu US Samoa Western Samoa


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HM Forces Mail

Do you have a loved-one in the armed forces overseas? Find out more about discounted mail services from The British Forces Post Office® (BFPO Available at all Post Office branches).

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Parcelforce globalvalue

Global parcel delivery from 4 working days. It’s a fast, affordable international parcel service perfect for heavier items.

  • Prices start at just £9.78
  • Send a single parcel up to 30kg to most destinations
  • Includes up to £100 compensation for loss or damage
  • Option to buy additional compensation up to £500
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Please remember
  • Parcelforce globalvalue services don’t include tracking and tracing features.
  • Maximum parcel sizes vary by destination.
  • You can only send single items with this international parcel service. Consignment options aren’t available. If you want to send multiple items to one address, try our Parcelforce Worldwide globalpriority service.


Track your items

Want to follow the journey of your international mail from collection to delivery? Selected services include Track & Trace, which lets you see the progress of your post.

Parcelforce Worldwide tracked services 

Parcelforce Worldwide international globalpriority and globalexpress services are both fully tracked – simply enter the tracking number into their tracking tool.

Royal Mail International Tracking and Signature services:

You can also choose the combination of tracking, online delivery and signature on delivery* you need with these Royal Mail international services:

Service Tracking in the UK Tracking after leaving the UK Online delivery confirmation Signature on delivery*
International Tracked & Signed Yes Yes Yes Yes
International Tracked Yes Yes Yes No
International Signed Yes No No Yes

*A signature is taken on delivery, but we don't provide a copy of the signature to you as part of the service and it's not available to view online.


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Customs labels and restricted items

Do I need a customs label?

Yes, if you’re sending a parcel outside the EU. You can get all the customs forms you need here or in-branch. Find one near you with our Branch Finder. Here are a few things to remember:

  • Packages worth up to £270: Make sure you include a completed and signed CN22 label. Put it on the front of the item, as near as possible to the top left-hand corner – just don’t cover up the address.
  • Packages worth over £270: Complete and attach a CN23 form using the plastic wallet available from Post Office branches.
  • The sender is legally responsible: Under Customs Law, the sender is legally responsible for the information on the declaration. So, it’s in your own interest to make sure you complete it accurately and in full. Got questions? Just ask a member of staff in branch.
  • You’ll need to sign to confirm that the item you’re sending doesn’t contain anything restricted by postal regulations


What can’t I send by international post?

There are some goods that can’t be sent in the post, and others that can be sent but with clear restrictions.

Some countries have their own rules on what they will and will not allow to be sent by post. It's important to check the item you’re sending is allowed in the destination country so that we’ll pay compensation in the event of loss or damage.

Some countries and international organisations impose restrictions on what you can send to certain individuals, organisations and countries.


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* If your item is undelivered, returns are free providing you remember to include a UK return address on the outside of your post.