Praia - Post Report Question and Answers

How do you send and receive your letters and package mail? Are local postal facilities adequate?

We are pouch only. Receiving takes about three weeks, until we start getting close to Christmas. Sending packages is near impossible. I have brought the USPS flat rate boxes with me, but it takes three-six weeks for it to get to the destination. For mail, we tend to wait until someone is heading to the U.S., and send already stamped letters with them to drop in a box. There are always TDYers (temporary duty folks) coming and going, and they are always happy to take letters back. - Sep 2018


Diplomatic pouch. We've sent a few items to Europe via local postal service and the price and speed have been adequate. - Dec 2017


Diplomatic pouch. I'm not sure about local postal facilities. I sent something to Tblisi, Georgia in the local mail once and it was received fine. - Oct 2016


Pouch. - May 2014


I use the U.S. diplomatic pouch. Things from Amazon.com take about 2 weeks to get here, sometime less if we are lucky, and sometimes more during busy times of the year. There is no local mail delivery service, but you can rent a mailbox at the post office for a nominal fee. International mail delivery service from the States takes about 4-6 weeks IF it gets delivered at all. - Feb 2011


Dip pouch. Local mail service is a joke. - Sep 2012


Pouch - takes up to 3 weeks each way. - May 2012


Very slowly, if not through the diplomatic pouch. - Sep 2009


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