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

We use the US Embassy’s mail system for anything from the States. There is a pouch and DPO service. On average packages take 1-2 weeks. Letters can take 3-4 weeks. There are lots of options for affordable online shopping from Turkish websites and those packages usually arrive within 2-3 at residences. - Sep 2020


The Embassy has both DPO and pouch service. We received a letter from a friend in Eastern Europe once; it took about a month to travel the distance of a 60-minute Turkish Air flight from Istanbul. - Oct 2018


Diplomatic bag. Goods ordered from overseas, and sent via normal post, are subject to large customs fees. The fees can be hundreds of dollars, and there does not seem to be a system, so no way of predicting the charges. - Oct 2018


DPO and pouch. - Sep 2018


I use the DPO at the embassy. If you are active duty or retired military you may use the APO at Ankara Support Facility. - Jul 2018


We use DPO. DHL and others are here too. - Oct 2017


Through diplomatic pouch and DPO. Local mail services are good but they run differently than in the US. You pick your mail up from the facility, it's not delivered directly. My wife is Turkish and uses it, but without the language you would struggle. - Sep 2017


DPO, it takes anywhere from one to three weeks depending on how lucky you get with the pouch. Local postal facilities are up to the European standard but we don't use them regularly. - Jun 2017


DPO and Pouch - Sep 2016


DPO. - Jun 2016


DPO. UPS does ship here, customs takes for ever. - Aug 2015


Though the FPO at the Embassy. We have had a package arrive in local mail and went to the nearest PTT to retrieve it without issue or much of a wait. - Feb 2015


DPO . - Jun 2014


DPO. We had many things not arrive or with items removed from the package. Things have changed though. - Apr 2014


Through the Embassy. Mail usually takes about 2 weeks and when it is longer, people complain. This post has normal mail delivery times through the DPO. - Mar 2014


DPO. There is a huge problems with the mail. Many packages get lost; all of the local mail room staff was let go due to irregularities discovered. - Mar 2014


Through the Embassy DPO. Generally packages take 2 weeks, but I have seen things take 6 weeks or longer. Lots of lost packages at this post! - Jul 2013


Primarily via the APO/pouch. - Aug 2011


APO. About a week to receive a package. - Jul 2010


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