Use an International Reply Coupon. I have used them for the past five
I ounce airmail costs US$.080. IRC's are about US$1.10. Pays for 1 ounce
airmail in any currency. Works just fine in Slovakia Post Office, even the
I stopped sending money, even a couple of US$. It seems that money smells.
I have never had a letter with currency in it make it through. Maybe it's
just the regions I write to, but why take a chance?
Q: What are International Reply Coupons?
A: This is an international convention, whereby you can go into any
participating post office in the world and get a voucher (IRC) for about US
$1.10 which may be redeemed by the recipient for air mail reply postage for
that country. This is another important courtesy: Why should they pay money
to reply to an unsolicited letter. The people are very open and very
friendly as a whole, but you too must demonstrate your sincerity.
Your letter should be no more than two pages in length (my rule of thumb.)
There will always be time for more correspondence later. Encourage them to
write back in Slovak, Rusyn, Ukraine or whatever. You can get it translated.
Not worth the risk of no reply.
Sadly, some people didn't who didn't reply (whom I met personally when I
traveled there) were illiterate and too embarrassed to ask someone to write
on their behalf.
See the US Postal Service site for a Q&A.
From: Albert Dubnicka [mailto:dubytwo@...
Sent: Saturday, January 24, 2004 10:09 AM
Subject: [S-R] Sending mail
Would someone please tell me the procedure for sending a letter to a
relative in the Slovak Republic?
I had previously read about sending along some sort of certificate that
related to return postage.
My letter has been translated into Slovak and the envelope addressed in
the Slovak manner.
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