Cairo - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Embassy mail. Local mail will probably not make it. DHL is an option. - Feb 2021


I don't use the local post, but the DPO is slow and takes many weeks for transit. Patience is a virtue. - Nov 2020


APO / DPO at embassy. I would not rely on the local mail facilities for anything I'd want to send or receive. - Jan 2020


APO. Mail delivery here is...whimsical at best but not from the fault of anyone in the mail room. The Egyptian government often suspends dip mail service or delays shipments in customs inexplicably so we've had several incidents during our 2 years here where we went for 2 months plus with no mail delivery. - Jun 2018


I have not tried the local mail system. We simply use the US embassy mail system. Mail takes anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months, but a month is common. Currently mail is only delivered every 2 weeks and comes in on military plane from Europe. - Jan 2018


We have an APO (U.S. military mail) within the embassy and that's what pretty much everyone used for letters and packages. I never heard of anyone using the local Egyptian mail system. - Sep 2017


I used embassy mail facilities to send things home. International mail is possible via the Egyptian postal service, but it seemed to take a long time to reach the U.S. International courier services (FedEx, DHL) operate in Egypt. - May 2017


Postal services are dire. I do it through work. - May 2017


We used the US embassy mail. Our first year it took about a week, but the second year was substantially slowed due to various problems. - Jan 2016


The Embassy has an APO - Jan 2016


APO, we love you! - Oct 2014


APO. - Aug 2014


Embassy DPO, but FedEx and UPS are available and will pick up. - Aug 2014


APO - May 2014


APO. - Apr 2014


Embassy APO. - Mar 2014


APO. - Jul 2013


APO - Jul 2013


Embassy APO post office. - Jun 2013


As an Embassy employee, through APO. - Jun 2013


I use the APO for mail. Packages take two to three weeks. - May 2013


APO - two to three weeks. - May 2013


We have APO, but people not with an embassy do have problems. Not sure how they manage. - May 2013


USG personnel have access to the APO system, making mail here easy (though sometimes a bit slow). - Feb 2013


You can use international mail, some embassies rely on the diplomatic pouch, and the U.S. has an APO here. - Feb 2013


APO. It takes as long as three weeks sometimes. - Mar 2013


Post is serviced by APO. - Mar 2013


APO. - Feb 2013


APO at Embassy. - Jan 2013


We have an APO with an office in Garden City (where the Embassy is) and in Maadi at USAID. - Nov 2012


Through the APO at the US Embassy. DHL is available. - Sep 2011


via APO - Aug 2011


Access to APO - Aug 2011


Egyptian mail is ok for letters going and coming from abroad, but do not use it for anything internal. They have a good express mail service for overseas mail. I used to receive letter mail from the US in about 10 days. Do not try to receive packages. Duty on most items is 100% and picking them up from the post office is never a good experience. Many employers offer some kind of pouch service as well. - Jul 2011


Through the diplomatic pouch system. You can ship from the States, too, using APO (Embassy only). - Jun 2011


APO. - Jun 2010


APO - Dec 2009


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