International addresses

The following sections illustrate our recommended addressing guidelines for international addresses. Please note that in all cases the number of lines in the address block may not exceed six.

Basic international addresses

International addresses should have the following information:

A correct basic international address
  1. The addressee (first line)
  2. Delivery address (second line)
  3. Municipality name, state or province, and postal or ZIP Code (third line)
  4. Country name (fourth line)

Learn how to format your international address by visiting the UPU Postal Addressing Systems tool.

Important information - International addresses

You must address all international mail items to a specific:

  • Person
  • Organization
  • Company name (the addressee)

Spell the country name in full (and correctly) so that our processing equipment can read it.

Full country name (not abbreviated)

Use Don't use
United Arab Emirates UAE
United Kingdom UK

Please note

See our International destination listing tool for a complete list of international destination names.

The name of the country must be the last entry on the address. You place it on the last line, below the municipality or city name and any postal code or ZIP code information.