There are several ways to mail a letter to India, some of which are free of charge. Corresponding with friends and business associates overseas is easier than ever with air mail and Internet-based mailing firms. Postcards are also still a good and affordable way to send printed correspondence to someone in India or any other country, and in most cases, your letter can make it to its destination in as little as 1 to 10 days.
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Visit your local post office (see Resources) to mail your letter to India. You will need to make sure you have your letter ready and the entire address for your recipient, including any towns or mailing codes. You will be able to choose from a variety of mailing methods to India, including first-class mail international letter, Priority Mail International Letter, and Express Mail International Letter. An average-size letter being mailed to India, as of 2009, costs anywhere from £1.50 to £18.10 to ship, while a postcard runs $.94.
Visit the United States Postal Service website (see Resources) if you want to mail your letter to India from home. You will need to be able to pay for your postage online with a credit or debit card, print the postage and have the exact weight of your letter, as well as full recipient address information. The same shipment methods are available online as would be at a local post office branch.
Visit a website (see Resources) that specialises in free postal mail to India. Upload your letter and enter full recipient address information. Keep in mind this is not a private way to communicate with your business or personal contact in India, and that such methods are never guaranteed.
Tips and warnings
- Remember that your letter to India could be delayed by customs.
- Send any urgent correspondence through Priority or Express Mail.
- Do not enclose any liquids or other banned materials in your letter, as this could get both you and your recipient in India in legal trouble.
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