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Colombia Mail

The main national postal service is Correos de Colombia, also called 4-72 ( Most towns have an office. Letters and packages take up to a week for national delivery, 8-12 days for addresses in the Americas and about two weeks for other overseas destinations. All overseas post, even to neighboring countries, is sent air mail. There have been reports of letters arriving opened and taped back shut. Prices for letters and packages is quite high: a letter (up to 20 grams) costs $3.20-3.70 and up to 501-1,000 grams, $28.40-35.50. Certified mail is about $4-7 more, depending on destination. Letters weighing up to 2 kilograms may be sent by normal (uncertified) mail. Packages up to 30 kilograms may be sent by certified mail. See 4-72's website for complete rates.

Courier Services

Courier companies are common throughout Colombia as well. The major ones are Servientrega Internacional (, DHL (, Deprisa (Avianca Airlines; and Federal Express (

Receiving Mail

You can have mail sent to you by way of the post office’s general delivery. Have your post addressed: your full name (as it appears in your passport, last name in capitals), Poste Restante, Lista de Correos, Correo Central, city or town, Colombia. If you hold an American Express credit card, you can also receive your mail at one of its offices ( These days, very few embassies hold mail for their citizens.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Colombia: Photography in Colombia, Colombia Phones, Colombia Internet and Bucaramanga Keeping in Touch.

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