Royal Mail Priority Airmail

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May 09, 2009 I am a Royal Mail employee, so I shall help you as best as I can. Airmail is Royal Mail's priority mail service for overseas. 'Small Packets' just is the size category of the item. Once the item is unloaded from the aircraft it is in the hands of the US Postal Service. It is then treated in the same manner as any other priority mail in the US. I'm planning to buy a book from Book Depository and they said they use Royal Mail Priority Airmail for International shipments. Will it be delivered to my house or do I have to pick it up in the post office? I'd like to avoid to pick up the package in our local post office because of some issues. Priority Mail Express®. For example, in the United Kingdom delivery of items sent with the USPS will be delivered by the Royal Mail. USPS’s international services include First Class Mail International, which was formerly known as Airmail. This class of service includes small packages weighing up to 1.8 kilograms or 4 pounds.

Introduction

This page attempts to list the postal rate zones for all of the named destinations to which airmail could be sent from the United Kingdom during the various rate periods – essentially, those that appeared in the airmail leaflets or Post Office Schemes, together with any commonly used variations and alternatives. The English versions of the names are therefore used. (Given the number of political changes since 1947, there may well be others that should be added – please let us know if you spot any.)

The general rule is that a zone is only listed for a particular country or territory name if it was extant in the period in question. Thus many colonial territory names that became obsolete after independence appear only in the first period. Conversely, the various former republics of the Soviet Union do not, as that country broke apart in 1991.

Some destinations have changed zones over the years, and this is noted in the tables (with start dates when in the middle of a rate period) – for example, a number of places in Latin America and the West Indies were in zone C for the first year or so, thereafter becoming zone B. A few places that were in zone 1 or 2 when the zones were combined into a single “Rest of World” zone in 2008 had changed zone when this zone was split again in 2012. The USA became Zone 3 by itself in 2020.

European Destinations

'Eur' means that the general Europe rate applied, while 'EU' means that from the date specified, the destination was treated as part of the European Economic Community or (from 1993) the European Union. Special rates to the EEC or EU applied in two cases:

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  • Separate tables of rates for EU and non-EU European destinations were quoted in Post Office Schemes from 20th October 1986 until 2009, although the only difference was a lower first step rate for letters and postcards from 1986-98 (equal to inland first class). This applied to all-up mail 1986-91 and airmail 1991-98; from 6th April 1998 both sets of rates were identical.
  • As a result of an ECJ ruling, from 31st January 2011 until the end of the Brexit transition period on 31st December 2020 certain 'enhanced' services that were not part of the basic universal provision became liable to VAT on the total charge when used to EU destinations.

A few European territories (Canary Islands, San Marino, Vatican City) were listed as part of the EEC/EU until 2009 for the purpose of the concessionary rate, but are not currently regarded as such as they are not part of the EU VAT zone. Documentation of the changeover date has been hard to find, but it is assumed that it was 31st January 2011, when VAT was first applied to certain services.

A

Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
Abu DhabiA---
AdenA---
AfghanistanB1RoW1
AjmanA---
AlbaniaEurEurEurEur
AlgeriaA1RoW1
American SamoaC2RoW2
AndorraEur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EUEUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
AngolaB1RoW1
AnguillaB1RoW1
Antigua and BarbudaB1RoW1
ArgentinaB1RoW1
ArmeniaEurEurEurEur
ArubaB1RoW1
AscensionB1RoW1
AustraliaC2RoW2
AustriaEur
EU 1995 (1 Jan)
EUEUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
Azerbaijan-EurEurEur
AzoresA
Eur 1961 (1 Jul)
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EUEUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)

B

Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
BahamasC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
BahrainA1RoW1
Balearic IslandsEur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EUEUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
BangladeshB1RoW1
Banks IslandsC2RoW1
BarbadosC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
BasutolandB---
Bechuanaland ProtectorateB---
BelarusEurEurEurEur
Belau (Palau)C2RoW2
Belgian CongoB---
BelgiumEur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EUEUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
BelizeB1RoW1
BeninB1RoW1
BermudaC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
BhutanB1RoW1
BoliviaC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
Bosnia-Herzegovina-EurEurEur
BotswanaB1RoW1
British CameroonsB---
British GuineaC
B 1948 (1 May)
---
British HondurasC
B 1948 (1 May)
---
British Indian Ocean TerritoryB1RoW2
British Solomon IslandsC---
British SomalilandA---
BruneiB1RoW1
BulgariaEurEur
EU 2007 (1 Jan)
EUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
Burkina FasoB1RoW1
BurmaB---
BurundiB1RoW1

C

Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
CambodiaB1RoW1
CameroonB1RoW1
CanadaB1RoW1
Canary IslandsEur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EUEU
Eur 2011 (31 Jan)
Eur
Cape VerdeEurEur
1 1995 (Aug)
RoW1
Caroline IslandsC---
Cayman IslandsB1RoW1
Central African Republic B1RoW1
CeylonB---
ChadB1RoW1
ChileB1RoW1
ChinaC2RoW1
Christmas Is (Indian Oc)B1RoW2
Christmas Is (Pacific Oc)---2
Cocos (Keeling) IslandsB1RoW2
ColombiaC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
ComorosB1RoW1
Congo-BrazzavilleB1RoW1
Congo (Democratic Republic)B1RoW1
Congo (Republic)B1RoW1
Congo (People's Republic)B1--
Cook IslandsC2RoW2
Coral Sea Island---2
CorsicaEur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EUEUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
Costa RicaC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
Croatia-EurEurEur
EU 2013 (1 Jul)
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
CubaC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
CuracaoB1RoW1
CyprusA
Eur 1971 (1 Jul)
Eur
EU 2004 (1 May)
EUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
CyrenaicaA---
Czech Republic-Eur
EU 2004 (1 May)
EUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
CzechoslovakiaEurEur--

D

Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
DahomeyB---
DenmarkEur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EUEUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
Djibouti-1RoW1
DominicaC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
Dominican RepublicC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
DubaiA---
Dutch East IndiesB---
Dutch GuianaC
B 1948 (1 May)
---
Dutch West IndiesC
B 1948 (1 May)
---

E

Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
East Germany Eur---
East Timor-2RoW1
EcuadorC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
EgyptA1RoW1
El SalvadorC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
Equatorial GuineaB1RoW1
EritreaA1RoW1
Estonia-Eur
EU 2005 (1 May)
EUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
EthiopiaA1RoW1

F

Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
Falkland IslandsB1RoW1
Fanning IslandC2RoW1
Faroe IslandsEurEurEurEur
FijiC2RoW2
FinlandEurEur
EU 1995 (1 Jan)
EUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
FranceEur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EUEUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
French CameroonsB---
French Equatorial AfricaB---
French GuianaC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
French GuineaB---
French IndiaB---
French IndochinaB---
French OceaniaC---
French PolynesiaC2RoW2
French Somali CoastA---
French Southern and Antarctic Territories---2
French Territory of the Afars and IssasA---
French West IndiesC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
FujairahA---

G

Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
GabonB1RoW1
GambiaB1RoW1
Gaza and Khan Yunis-1RoW1
Georgia-EurEurEur
German Democratic RepublicEur---
German Federal RepublicEur
EU 1990 (3 Oct)
EUEUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
GermanyEUEUEUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
GhanaB1RoW1
GibraltarEur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EUEUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
Gilbert and Ellice IslandsC---
Gold CoastB---
GreeceEur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EUEUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
GreenlandEurEurEurEur
GrenadaC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
GuamC
B 1948 (1 May)
C 1950 (3 Jan)
2RoW1
GuatemalaC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
GuineaB1RoW1
Guinea Bissau B1RoW1
GuyanaB1RoW1

H

Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
HaitiC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
HawaiiC
B 1948 (1 May)
---
HondurasC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
Hong KongB1RoW1
HungaryEurEur
EU 2004 (1 May)
EUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
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I

Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
IcelandEurEurEurEur
IndiaB1RoW1
IndonesiaB1RoW1
IranA1RoW1
IraqA1RoW1
Ireland (Republic)Eur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EUEUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
IsraelA1RoW1
ItalyEur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EUEUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
Ivory CoastB1RoW1

J

Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
JamaicaC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
JapanC2RoW1
JordanA1RoW1

K

Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
Kazakhstan-EurEurEur
KenyaB1RoW1
Kenya and UgandaB---
KiribatiC2RoW2
Korea (Republic)C2RoW1
Korea (Democratic People's Republic)C2RoW1
Kosovo-EurEurEur
KuwaitA1RoW1
Kyrgyzstan-EurEurEur

L

Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
LaosB1RoW2
Latvia-Eur
EU 2004 (1 May)
EUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
LebanonA1RoW1
Leeward IslandsC
B 1948 (1 May)
---
LesothoB1RoW1
LiberiaB1RoW1
LibyaA1RoW1
LiechtensteinEurEurEurEur
Lithuania-Eur
EU 2004 (1 May)
EUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
LuxembourgEur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EUEUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)

M

Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
MacaoB1RoW2
Macedonia-EurEurEur
MadagascarB1RoW1
MadeiraEur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EUEUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
Malagasy Republic B---
MalawiB1RoW1
Malay StatesB---
MalayaB---
MalaysiaB1RoW1
Maldive IslandsB1RoW1
MaliB1RoW1
MaltaEurEur
EU 2004 (1 May)
EUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
Marian(as) IslandsC
B 1948 (1 May)
C 1950 (3 Jan)
---
Marshall Islands C2RoW1
MauritaniaB1RoW1
MauritiusB1RoW1
MexicoC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
MicronesiaC2RoW-
Moldova-EurEurEur
MonacoEur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EUEUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
MongoliaC2RoW-
Montenegro-EurEurEur
MontserratB1RoW1
MoroccoA1RoW1
Morocco (French Zone)A---
Morocco (Spanish Zone)A1RoW1
MozambiqueB1RoW1
MuscatA---
MyanmarB1RoW1

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N

Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
NamibiaB1RoW1
NauruC2RoW2
NepalB1RoW1
NetherlandsEur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EUEUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
Netherlands Antilles B1RoW1
Netherlands New GuineaB---
NevisB1RoW1
New CaledoniaC2RoW2
New Guinea (Territory)C---
New HebridesC---
New ZealandC2RoW2
New Zealand Antarctic Territory---2
NewfoundlandB---
NicaraguaC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
NigerB1RoW1
NigeriaB1RoW1
NiueC2RoW2
Norfolk IslandC2RoW2
North BorneoB---
Northern Mariana IslandsC2RoW1
Northern RhodesiaB---
North KoreaC2RoW1
NorwayEurEurEurEur
Norwegian Antarctic Territory---2
NyasalandB---

O

Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
OmanA1RoW1

P

Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
PakistanB1RoW1
PalestineA1RoW1
PanamaC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
Panama Canal ZoneC
B 1948 (1 May)
1--
PapuaC---
Papua New GuineaC2RoW2
ParaguayB1RoW1
PeruC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
PhilippinesC2RoW1
Pitcairn IslandC2RoW2
PolandEurEur
EU 2004 (1 May)
EUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
PortugalEur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EUEUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
Portuguese East AfricaB---
Portuguese IndiaB---
Portuguese TimorC---
Portuguese GuineaB---
Portuguese West AfricaB---
Puerto RicoC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1

Q

Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
QatarA1RoW1

R

Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
Ras al KhaimaA---
ReunionB1RoW1
RhodesiaB1RoW1
Rio de OroA---
RomaniaEurEur
EU 2007 (1 Jan)
EUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
Ruanda-UrundiB---
Russia-EurEurEur
RwandaB1RoW1

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S

Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
SaarEur---
SabahB---
St HelenaB1RoW1
St KittsB1RoW1
St LuciaC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
St Pierre and MiquelonB1RoW1
St Thomas and PrinceB1RoW1
St Vincent and the GrenadinesC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
Samoa (Western)C2RoW1
Samoa (American)C2RoW2
San MarinoEur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EUEU
Eur 2011 (31 Jan)
Eur
São Tomé and PríncipeB1RoW1
SarawakB---
Saudi ArabiaA1RoW1
SenegalB1RoW1
Serbia-EurEurEur
SeychellesB1RoW1
SharjahA---
Sierra LeoneB1RoW1
SingaporeB1RoW2
Slovakia-Eur
EU 2004 (1 May)
EUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
Slovenia-Eur
EU 2004 (1 May)
EUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
Solomon IslandsC2RoW2
SomaliaB1RoW1
Somaliland ProtectorateA---
South AfricaB1RoW1
South GeorgiaB1RoW1
South KoreaC2RoW1
South Sandwich IslandsB1RoW1
South West AfricaB---
Southern RhodesiaB---
South Sudan--RoW1
Soviet UnionEurEur--
SpainEur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EUEUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
Spanish GuineaB---
Spanish SaharaA---
Spanish Territories in North AfricaA1RoW1
Spanish West AfricaA---
SpitzbergenEurEurEurEur
Sri LankaB1RoW1
Straits SettlementsB---
SudanA1RoW1
SurinameB1RoW1
SwazilandB1RoW1
SwedenEur
EU 1995 (1 Jan)
EUEUEU
Eur 2021 (1 Jan)
SwitzerlandEurEurEurEur
SyriaA1RoW1

T

Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
TahitiC2RoW2
TaiwanC2RoW-
Tajikistan-EurEurEur
TanganyikaB---
TanzaniaB1RoW1
ThailandB1RoW1
TibetB1RoW1
Timor-LesteC2RoW1
TogoB1RoW1
Togo (British Sphere)B---
Togo (French Sphere)B---
Tokelau IslandsC2RoW2
TongaC2RoW2
Trinidad and TobagoC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
TripolitaniaA---
Tristan da CunhaB1RoW1
TunisiaA1RoW1
TurkeyEurEurEurEur
Turkmenistan-EurEurEur
Turks and Caicos IslandsC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
TuvaluC2RoW2

U

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Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
UgandaB1RoW1
Ukraine-EurEurEur
Umm al QiwainA---
United Arab Emirates A1RoW1
Upper VoltaB---
UruguayB1RoW1
USAB1RoW1
3 2020 (1 Jul)
USSREurEur--
Uzbekistan-EurEurEur

V

Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
VanuatuC2RoW-
Vatican CityEur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EUEU
Eur 2011 (31 Jan)
Eur
VenezuelaC
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
VietnamB1RoW1
Virgin Islands (British)C
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1
Virgin Islands (US)C
B 1948 (1 May)
1RoW1

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W

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Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
Wake IslandC2RoW1
Wallis and Futuna IslandsC2RoW1
Western SaharaA1RoW1
Western SamoaC2RoW1
West GermanyEur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
---
Windward IslandsB---

Y

Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
YemenA1RoW1
Yemen (People's Democratic Republic)A---
Yemen (Republic)A---
YugoslaviaEurEur--

Z

Country1947-19911991-20082008-20122012-date
ZaireB1--
ZambiaB1RoW1
ZanzibarB---
ZimbabweB1RoW1