The Royal Mail has stopped deliveries to mainland Europe, Canada and Turkey due to a UK travel ban caused by a new strain of coronavirus.
A statement on the Royal Mail website said it had temporarily suspended some international services due to impacts from coronavirus.
With the exception of the Republic of Ireland, Royal Mail said it had temporarily suspended all mail services to Europe, adding that it was keeping the situation “under close and constant review”.
“We’re working with our airline and postal/courier partners across the globe to maintain services, however delays should be expected. Many countries have implemented special measure to combat the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19, especially for signature service to maintain social distancing. The number of countries we can access is changing daily,” Royal Mail posted on its website on Monday.
In a separate update regarding postal services in the UK, Royal Mail noted that the pressure of ongoing lockdowns and the rise in online shopping has meant a huge rise in numbers of parcels and deliveries being sent through its network.
The company said it could not guarantee special delivery items would arrive before December 23 due to the tighter coronavirus restrictions in England that were introduced over the weekend.
“The combination of greatly increased uptake of online Christmas shopping, in no small part driven by the recent lockdown, and the ongoing COVID restrictions mean that all delivery companies are experiencing exceptionally high volumes this year,” the company said in a statement on its website posted on Tuesday December 22.
Elsewhere Deutsche Post said it wold need to temporarily suspend services to Britain and Ireland.
“We have sadly been forced to impose a complete stop on deliveries for private and business packages and goods-bearing letters to Great Britain and Ireland until further notice”, said a spokesperson for Deutsche Post DHL.