Addressing systems

Proper addressing guarantees speed and efficiency in the processing of postal items. The information available on these pages allows you to:

  • Prepare addresses in accordance with the standards of the designated operator of the country of destination
  • Obtain additional information on a country`s addressing system or postal operations
  • Check the accuracy of a postcode by checking the number and nature of its components
  • Check the accuracy of a postal address by checking its components.


Guide to the headings used in country sheets

For each country, a varying number of headings will be given, depending on the information available.

Address elements, formatting an international address and position of the address on the envelope

In addition to recommendations specific to each country, you will also find below rules and more general information on international addressing that apply to all countries.