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List of Airmail Zones of Overseas Destinations

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Introduction


Royal Mail map of world destinations, 2017

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.

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:

  • 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 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

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
Abu Dhabi A - - -
Aden A - - -
Afghanistan B 1 RoW 1
Ajman A - - -
Albania Eur Eur Eur Eur
Algeria A 1 RoW 1
American Samoa C 2 RoW 2
Andorra Eur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EU EU EU
Angola B 1 RoW 1
Anguilla B 1 RoW 1
Antigua and Barbuda B 1 RoW 1
Argentina B 1 RoW 1
Armenia Eur Eur Eur Eur
Aruba B 1 RoW 1
Ascension B 1 RoW 1
Australia C 2 RoW 2
Austria Eur
EU 1995 (1 Jan)
EU EU EU
Azerbaijan - Eur Eur Eur
Azores A
Eur 1961 (1 Jul)
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EU EU EU

B

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
Bahamas C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Bahrain A 1 RoW 1
Balearic Islands Eur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EU EU EU
Bangladesh B 1 RoW 1
Banks Islands C 2 RoW 1
Barbados C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Basutoland B - - -
Bechuanaland Protectorate B - - -
Belarus Eur Eur Eur Eur
Belau (Palau) C 2 RoW 2
Belgian Congo B - - -
Belgium Eur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EU EU EU
Belize B 1 RoW 1
Benin B 1 RoW 1
Bermuda C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Bhutan B 1 RoW 1
Bolivia C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Bosnia-Herzegovina - Eur Eur Eur
Botswana B 1 RoW 1
British Cameroons B - - -
British Guinea C
B 1948 (1 May)
- - -
British Honduras C
B 1948 (1 May)
- - -
British Indian Ocean Territory B 1 RoW 2
British Solomon Islands C - - -
British Somaliland A - - -
Brunei B 1 RoW 1
Bulgaria Eur Eur
EU 2007 (1 Jan)
EU EU
Burkina Faso B 1 RoW 1
Burma B - - -
Burundi B 1 RoW 1

C

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
Cambodia B 1 RoW 1
Cameroon B 1 RoW 1
Canada B 1 RoW 1
Canary Islands Eur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EU EU EU
Eur 2011 (31 Jan)
Cape Verde Eur Eur
1 1995 (Aug)
RoW 1
Caroline Islands C - - -
Cayman Islands B 1 RoW 1
Central African Republic B 1 RoW 1
Ceylon B - - -
Chad B 1 RoW 1
Chile B 1 RoW 1
China C 2 RoW 1
Christmas Is (Indian Oc) B 1 RoW 2
Christmas Is (Pacific Oc) - - - 2
Cocos (Keeling) Islands B 1 RoW 2
Colombia C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Comoros B 1 RoW 1
Congo-Brazzaville B 1 RoW 1
Congo (Democratic Republic) B 1 RoW 1
Congo (Republic) B 1 RoW 1
Congo (People's Republic) B 1 - -
Cook Islands C 2 RoW 2
Coral Sea Island - - - 2
Corsica Eur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EU EU EU
Costa Rica C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Croatia - Eur Eur Eur
EU 2013 (1 Jul)
Cuba C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Curacao B 1 RoW 1
Cyprus A
Eur 1971 (1 Jul)
Eur
EU 2004 (1 May)
EU EU
Cyrenaica A - - -
Czech Republic - Eur
EU 2004 (1 May)
EU EU
Czechoslovakia Eur Eur - -

D

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
Dahomey B - - -
Denmark Eur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EU EU EU
Djibouti - 1 RoW 1
Dominica C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Dominican Republic C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Dubai A - - -
Dutch East Indies B - - -
Dutch Guiana C
B 1948 (1 May)
- - -
Dutch West Indies C
B 1948 (1 May)
- - -

E

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
East Germany Eur - - -
East Timor - 2 RoW 1
Ecuador C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Egypt A 1 RoW 1
El Salvador C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Equatorial Guinea B 1 RoW 1
Eritrea A 1 RoW 1
Estonia - Eur
EU 2005 (1 May)
EU EU
Ethiopia A 1 RoW 1

F

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
Falkland Islands B 1 RoW 1
Fanning Island C 2 RoW 1
Faroe Islands Eur Eur Eur Eur
Fiji C 2 RoW 2
Finland Eur Eur
EU 1995 (1 Jan)
EU EU
France Eur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EU EU EU
French Cameroons B - - -
French Equatorial Africa B - - -
French Guiana C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
French Guinea B - - -
French India B - - -
French Indochina B - - -
French Oceania C - - -
French Polynesia C 2 RoW 2
French Somali Coast A - - -
French Southern and Antarctic Territories - - - 2
French Territory of the Afars and Issas A - - -
French West Indies C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Fujairah A - - -

G

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
Gabon B 1 RoW 1
Gambia B 1 RoW 1
Gaza and Khan Yunis - 1 RoW 1
Georgia - Eur Eur Eur
German Democratic Republic Eur - - -
German Federal Republic Eur
EU 1990 (3 Oct)
EU EU EU
Germany EU EU EU EU
Ghana B 1 RoW 1
Gibraltar Eur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EU EU EU
Gilbert and Ellice Islands C - - -
Gold Coast B - - -
Greece Eur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EU EU EU
Greenland Eur Eur Eur Eur
Grenada C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Guam C
B 1948 (1 May)
C 1950 (3 Jan)
2 RoW 1
Guatemala C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Guinea B 1 RoW 1
Guinea Bissau B 1 RoW 1
Guyana B 1 RoW 1

H

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
Haiti C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Hawaii C
B 1948 (1 May)
- - -
Honduras C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Hong Kong B 1 RoW 1
Hungary Eur Eur
EU 2004 (1 May)
EU EU

I

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
Iceland Eur Eur Eur Eur
India B 1 RoW 1
Indonesia B 1 RoW 1
Iran A 1 RoW 1
Iraq A 1 RoW 1
Ireland (Republic) Eur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EU EU EU
Israel A 1 RoW 1
Italy Eur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EU EU EU
Ivory Coast B 1 RoW 1

J

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
Jamaica C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Japan C 2 RoW 1
Jordan A 1 RoW 1

K

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
Kazakhstan - Eur Eur Eur
Kenya B 1 RoW 1
Kenya and Uganda B- - -
Kiribati C 2 RoW 2
Korea (Republic) C 2 RoW 1
Korea (Democratic People's Republic) C 2 RoW 1
Kosovo - Eur Eur Eur
Kuwait A 1 RoW 1
Kyrgyzstan - Eur Eur Eur

L

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
Laos B 1 RoW 2
Latvia - Eur
EU 2004 (1 May)
EU EU
Lebanon A 1 RoW 1
Leeward Islands C
B 1948 (1 May)
- - -
Lesotho B 1 RoW 1
Liberia B 1 RoW 1
Libya A 1 RoW 1
Liechtenstein Eur Eur Eur Eur
Lithuania - Eur
EU 2004 (1 May)
EU EU
Luxembourg Eur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EU EU EU

M

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
Macao B 1 RoW 2
Macedonia - Eur Eur Eur
Madagascar B 1 RoW 1
Madeira Eur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EU EU EU
Malagasy Republic B - - -
Malawi B 1 RoW 1
Malay States B - - -
Malaya B - - -
Malaysia B 1 RoW 1
Maldive Islands B 1 RoW 1
Mali B 1 RoW 1
Malta Eur Eur
EU 2004 (1 May)
EU EU
Marian(as) Islands C
B 1948 (1 May)
C 1950 (3 Jan)
- - -
Marshall Islands C 2 RoW 1
Mauritania B 1 RoW 1
Mauritius B 1 RoW 1
Mexico C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Micronesia C 2 RoW -
Moldova - Eur Eur Eur
Monaco Eur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EU EU EU
Mongolia C 2 RoW -
Montenegro - Eur Eur Eur
Montserrat B 1 RoW 1
Morocco A 1 RoW 1
Morocco (French Zone) A - - -
Morocco (Spanish Zone) A 1 RoW 1
Mozambique B 1 RoW 1
Muscat A - - -
Myanmar B 1 RoW 1

N

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
Namibia B 1 RoW 1
Nauru C 2 RoW 2
Nepal B 1 RoW 1
Netherlands Eur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EU EU EU
Netherlands Antilles B 1 RoW 1
Netherlands New Guinea B - - -
Nevis B 1 RoW 1
New Caledonia C 2 RoW 2
New Guinea (Territory) C - - -
New Hebrides C - - -
New Zealand C 2 RoW 2
New Zealand Antarctic Territory - - - 2
Newfoundland B - - -
Nicaragua C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Niger B 1 RoW 1
Nigeria B 1 RoW 1
Niue C 2 RoW 2
Norfolk Island C 2 RoW 2
North Borneo B - - -
Northern Mariana Islands C 2 RoW 1
Northern Rhodesia B - - -
North Korea C 2 RoW 1
Norway Eur Eur Eur Eur
Norwegian Antarctic Territory - - - 2
Nyasaland B - - -

O

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
Oman A 1 RoW 1

P

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
Pakistan B 1 RoW 1
Palestine A 1 RoW 1
Panama C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Panama Canal Zone C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 - -
Papua C - - -
Papua New Guinea C 2 RoW 2
Paraguay B 1 RoW 1
Peru C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Philippines C 2 RoW 1
Pitcairn Island C 2 RoW 2
Poland Eur Eur
EU 2004 (1 May)
EU EU
Portugal Eur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EU EU EU
Portuguese East Africa B - - -
Portuguese India B - - -
Portuguese Timor C - - -
Portuguese Guinea B - - -
Portuguese West Africa B - - -
Puerto Rico C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1

Q

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
Qatar A 1 RoW 1

R

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
Ras al Khaima A - - -
Reunion B 1 RoW 1
Rhodesia B 1 RoW 1
Rio de Oro A - - -
Romania Eur Eur
EU 2007 (1 Jan)
EU EU
Ruanda-Urundi B - - -
Russia - Eur Eur Eur
Rwanda B 1 RoW 1

S

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
Saar Eur - - -
Sabah B - - -
St Helena B 1 RoW 1
St Kitts B 1 RoW 1
St Lucia C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
St Pierre and Miquelon B 1 RoW 1
St Thomas and Prince B 1 RoW 1
St Vincent and the Grenadines C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Samoa C 2 RoW 1
Samoa (American) C 2 RoW 2
San Marino Eur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EU EU EU
Eur 2011 (31 Jan)
São Tomé and Príncipe B 1 RoW 1
Sarawak B - - -
Saudi Arabia A 1 RoW 1
Senegal B 1 RoW 1
Serbia - Eur Eur Eur
Seychelles B 1 RoW 1
Sharjah A - - -
Sierra Leone B 1 RoW 1
Singapore B 1 RoW 2
Slovakia - Eur
EU 2004 (1 May)
EU EU
Slovenia - Eur
EU 2004 (1 May)
EU EU
Solomon Islands C 2 RoW 2
Somalia B 1 RoW 1
Somaliland Protectorate A - - -
South Africa B 1 RoW 1
South Georgia B 1 RoW 1
South Korea C 2 RoW 1
South Sandwich Islands B 1 RoW 1
South West Africa B - - -
Southern Rhodesia B - - -
South Sudan - - RoW 1
Soviet Union Eur Eur - -
Spain Eur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EU EU EU
Spanish Guinea B - - -
Spanish Sahara A - - -
Spanish Territories in North Africa A 1 RoW 1
Spanish West Africa A - - -
Spitzbergen Eur Eur Eur Eur
Sri Lanka B 1 RoW 1
Straits Settlements B - - -
Sudan A 1 RoW 1
Suriname B 1 RoW 1
Swaziland B 1 RoW 1
Sweden Eur
EU 1995 (1 Jan)
EU EU EU
Switzerland Eur Eur Eur Eur
Syria A 1 RoW 1

T

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
Tahiti C 2 RoW 2
Taiwan C 2 RoW -
Tajikistan - Eur Eur Eur
Tanganyika B - - -
Tanzania B 1 RoW 1
Thailand B 1 RoW 1
Tibet B 1 RoW 1
Timor-Leste C 2 RoW 1
Togo B 1 RoW 1
Togo (British Sphere) B - - -
Togo (French Sphere) B - - -
Tokelau Islands C 2 RoW 2
Tonga C 2 RoW 2
Trinidad and Tobago C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Tripolitania A - - -
Tristan da Cunha B 1 RoW 1
Tunisia A 1 RoW 1
Turkey Eur Eur Eur Eur
Turkmenistan - Eur Eur Eur
Turks and Caicos Islands C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Tuvalu C 2 RoW 2

U

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
Uganda B 1 RoW 1
Ukraine - Eur Eur Eur
Umm al Qiwain A - - -
United Arab Emirates A 1 RoW 1
Upper Volta B - - -
Uruguay B 1 RoW 1
USA B 1 RoW 1
USSR Eur Eur - -
Uzbekistan - Eur Eur Eur

V

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
Vanuatu C 2 RoW -
Vatican City Eur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
EU EU EU
Eur 2011 (31 Jan)
Venezuela C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Vietnam B 1 RoW 1
Virgin Islands (British) C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1
Virgin Islands (US) C
B 1948 (1 May)
1 RoW 1

W

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
Wake Island C 2 RoW 1
Wallis and Futuna Islands C 2 RoW 1
Western Sahara A 1 RoW 1
Western Samoa C 2 - -
West Germany Eur
EU 1986 (20 Oct)
- - -
Windward Islands B - - -

Y

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
Yemen A 1 RoW 1
Yemen (People's Democratic Republic) A - - -
Yemen (Republic) A - - -
Yugoslavia Eur Eur - -

Z

Country 1947-1991 1991-2008 2008-2012 2012-date
Zaire B 1 - -
Zambia B 1 RoW 1
Zanzibar B - - -
Zimbabwe B 1 RoW 1