I sent a postcard 2 weeks ago from Germany to Beijing. I bought 2 x 0.45€stamps, and put it in a Deutsche Post box.

Is there any way to know how long does it take for the postcard to arrive the destination? I couldn't find any information online.

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    For German travellers, it is well known that sending postcards from their vacation to home takes between 3 days and several months (although mostly several weeks). So for sending it to China I wouldn't be surprised to see a month or more. There is no guaranteed duration.
    – Aganju
    Commented Jul 6, 2017 at 12:12
  • @Kuba I am asking specifically Germany-China mail. How is it related to that question?
    – Snow
    Commented Jul 6, 2017 at 13:18
  • Because the first answer exactly answers your question travel.stackexchange.com/a/95733/41551 "Sometimes you can get a letter from the other end of the world in 1 week and sometimes it takes 40 days to get a postcard from a neighboring country. "
    – Kuba
    Commented Jul 6, 2017 at 13:20
  • I have several hundred postcads from all around the world, and for example between Poland and Russia (even bigger cities) and it took them 2 weeks - 18 months (!) to arrive
    – Kuba
    Commented Jul 6, 2017 at 13:22
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    From my personal postcrossing stats (Germany->China): 18 postcards, minimum time 11 days, maximum 160 days (avg. 36 days). Sure, rural China might be different than Beijing, but only 4 out of 18 arrived within two weeks, so relax.
    – Sabine
    Commented Jul 6, 2017 at 15:32

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The online postage calculator of Deutsche Post states that letters sent as Standardbrief International usually take 6 to 14 working days to reach China. That's about one to three weeks in absolute time.

However, no suche assertion is made about the Postkarte International product. I know that postcards in general have a very low priority with mail carriers, so despite both products costing 90 cents, I would not be surprised if you would have to double that number to get the expected transit time for a Postkarte.

Next time, you could put the card into an envelope and send it as letter, if you want to feel more confident about the transit time.

PS: DHL and Deutsche Post are technically different companies, so I really hope you did not use one of the DHL parcel drops, but a true DP letter box. All those Post spin-offs become quite iffy when they are confused for one another (my favorite being that DHL support does know nothing about DHL Express packages, because they're different companies -.-)

  • Now that I think about it, it might have been Deutsche Post :D
    – Snow
    Commented Jul 6, 2017 at 13:31
  • @John Yes, probably. Parcel drops are uncommon, and do not look like letter boxes. :) There's also big, automated package lockers, but they look even less like a postbox. Regular DP letter boxes are quite common and easily recognizable. They only feature the post horn, tho, so you might not even have read the company name. Commented Jul 6, 2017 at 13:33

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