Can I send a postcard from Colombia?
You would love to send a postcard home? Like in a lot of countries, the beautiful post offices don’t exist anymore in Colombia but there are private companies you can use for the same service. Most common ones are Servientrega, DHL, 472 (national post service), Deprisa, Coordinadora, TCC and Aerocolibrí. Always check carefully on your receipt to see if they filled in the address correctly!
Tested by Colombia Fácil: Postcard Belgium - Caribbean Coast Colombia took 36 days. This is faster as Belgium - Moscow or as Germany - Peru which lasted 2 months...
Tested by Colombia Fácil: Postcard Colombia - Belgium wit 472 national post service took one month. PRICE: we needed 2 stamps of 1.800 COP on 1 postcard.
KEEP IN MIND: SOMETIMES YOUR POST ARRIVES, SOMETIMES NOT! TAKE THE RISK OR LEAVE IT!
For Expats: It is hard to find a mailbox. The mentality in Colombia is to leave the bills jammed between the front door and the door frame, on the floor outside or give the post to the neighbour when you are not at home. Some of the services (like Servientrega for example) work in a way TOO professional to the point that they will never give the post to your neighbours when you aren’t present. Always ask the sender to include an authorisation on the sending item. Contact Servientrega in advance via [email protected].
When you send some boxes from abroad to Colombia be careful because you pay tax on the value! A box with only books can be tax free. Check in advance.