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Holiday card alert: What’s up with the post in Turkey?

Very much all of us can admit that this vacation season like the a person that preceded it, may be a little bit distinctive owing to ongoing pandemic safeguards and polices relating to global vacation. When the pandemic has affected all of us in several locations of our life, it has also disrupted the postal services, or finest spelled out, the pandemic’s consequences have gone on to contain the worldwide publish of lots of international locations in the entire world, like Turkey. Now, I never know what is likely on in other places, but I can explain to you that any interference in provider is short term and there are normally other routes to get the article to its proper house.

A reader and fellow expat just lately educated Day-to-day Sabah of his lack of ability to write-up a letter to the United Kingdom from his nearby post office (PTT) in Kaş and when he questioned, the teller was not able to explain to him why and so he imagined (and fortunately rightly so) that our newspaper could aid in providing responses. So, began my journey into looking into the Turkish postal system’s intercontinental post. Even so, I was admittedly unable to monitor down any potential customers on the web. The get in touch with center for the post business, while handy, did not enjoy any benefits in phrases of furnishing good reasoning guiding the restrictions. The good news is, a fellow columnist at the newspaper was ready to give me a direct line for the major postal directorate in Ankara. From there, I was directed to the International Postal Shipping Office and an exceptionally handy formal, who offered explanatory solutions to all of the concerns I posed. Many thanks to him, I have received considerably-valued knowledge on the make any difference and the postal company in general.

Periodical halts on article to some nations around the world

Anyways, it turns out the predicament is this: Yes, momentarily the write-up office environment is unable to acknowledge particular mail to a number of international locations, which features England, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and the United States. On the other hand, the restriction does not pertain to organization publish and can be reversed at any moment.

The rationale driving the restrictions on accepting private posts to stated nations is for the most element owing to the capability of the cargo planes transporting the mail. The publish workplace in Turkey (PTT) is allotted a specified capability by the companies operating the planes. This capability can modify every day. When the potential has been achieved, the write-up business no extended accepts mail to nations they just cannot produce to, so avoiding any pileup of mail that are unable to be timely shipped.

There have also been events in which the put up has been restricted immediately due to pandemic precautions, which may possibly be the situation for some of the international locations on the checklist. Nevertheless, the greater part of the trouble stems from inadequate ability, which could pretty very well be thanks to the bulk mail-offs that take put this time of year, most probably exacerbated by the limits on intercontinental vacation throughout the pandemic.

There is a solution

The good news is, there is a way to navigate the situation. First and foremost on the PTT web page, there is a webpage that lists the countries mail delivery is presently unavailable for. This checklist is up to date the minute potential opens and mail supply can resume. That mentioned, in some cases variations occur more rapidly than the record can actually be current. Consequently, for the most exact information on whether you can submit a letter or bundle to a individual place, I recommend dialing the PTT hotline at 444 1788 and asking the connect with center operator if postal company has resumed with the place you want to mail anything to. The hotline also has English- and Arabic-speaking operators.

Other than that, you can also consistently check the checklist below. Whilst it may well seem a bit challenging, if you are affected individual you can submit your mail when supply has resumed. For case in point, as I compose this, shipping to the U.K. has resumed. Maintain in intellect, this restriction is exclusively in location for personalized mail and as a result, business enterprise postings are continuing, as common, I was explained to.

If you want to send out a little something pertinent at a distinct time and quickly then there is constantly Turkish Parcel Specific (Turpex), which is an intercontinental cargo support provided by the PTT. A little bit pricier than a common publish, Turpex guarantees continuous delivery to Europe in a few times and to the U.S. in 4. This excludes any time spent waiting in the region of arrival’s customs of training course. Letters and deals can be despatched from the post place of work by itself, just notify the clerk you want to publish with Turpex. In addition, it is simple to compute the price of any parcel and assess costs oneself on equally the PTT and Turpex internet websites, albeit in Turkish.


Chris Chesher is a year-round resident of Kaş, Turkey. (Leyla Yvonne Ergil for Daily Sabah)
Chris Chesher is a year-spherical resident of Kaş, Turkey. (Leyla Yvonne Ergil for Day-to-day Sabah)

This in essence signifies that everyone can still mail Christmas playing cards and presents from Turkey undisrupted to their cherished types abroad. Although this was the problem of fellow expat and British countrywide Chris Chesher, who introduced the issue to my interest and rightly so, he also experienced a further vested curiosity in the scenario. It turns out Chesher is a member of the penpal community “Letter in the Post” and has 11 penpals, situated all about the entire world, that he writes to and exchanges letters with. Some are from the U.K. others are from international locations these as Germany, but even as far as New Zealand. The neighborhood has a Facebook group and a website at www.letterinthepost.com. Luckily for us, Chesher went back again currently and was in fact in a position to mail his letter to the U.K.

PS: On yet another be aware

As is the scenario in Turkey and in several countries all in excess of the environment, inflation and the exchange charge can enjoy price hikes and the postal assistance in Turkey is not immune. You may well have observed that postal selling prices can also differ. For laymen like me, it turns out that this is the outcome of SDRs, which are a device of currency designated by the Global Monetary Fund (IMF) and what postal selling prices in Turkey and elsewhere are identified in accordance to.


A letter from Sirkeci station to Hamburg sent on Feb. 13, 1890. (Courtesy of Prof. Atadan Tunacı)
A letter from Sirkeci station to Hamburg despatched on Feb. 13, 1890. (Courtesy of Prof. Atadan Tunacı)

PPS: The superb earth of Turkish and Ottoman mail

If you at any time puzzled what the postal provider was like in the course of the Ottoman Empire, a several years in the past a outstanding almost 900-web page quantity consisting of substantial exploration and historic paperwork on Turkish philately was compiled by Turhan Turgut in his “Postal Historical past of the Ottoman Empire: Charges and Routes 1840 to 1922,” offered in both of those English and Turkish.


Claudia and Turhan Turgut traveling in Greece. (Leyla Yvonne Ergil for Daily Sabah)
Claudia and Turhan Turgut traveling in Greece. (Leyla Yvonne Ergil for Every day Sabah)

At the begin of the year Turgut will also be releasing the next volume, entitled “Postal Background of the Turkish Republic.” If the identify sounds familiar, that could possibly just be since his spouse, British expat Claudia Turgut was the creator of the common and delicious culinary blog site “Seasonal Cook in Turkey!”

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