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 Jul 6 '17 at 12:12
  • @Kuba I am asking specifically Germany-China mail. How is it related to that question? – Snow Jul 6 '17 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 Jul 6 '17 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 Jul 6 '17 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 Jul 6 '17 at 15:32

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 Jul 6 '17 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. – hiergiltdiestfu Jul 6 '17 at 13:33

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