Update: As of July 2019, the minimum cost to send a postcard outside the Philippines is Php15.00. That is roughly around 0.30USD / 0.26EUR / 0.24GBP.
Someone recently asked me how much does it cost to send a postcard from the Philippines. My answer was 14 pesos. That’s basically the postcard stamp price you need to secure to send a postcard within the country or abroad. The thing is my reply may have caused confusion when someone asked me how much to send a postcard from the same city where I’m in since I do not think that there is a postage stamp of that amount (not sure though). If there’s one, you’d hardly find it.
a 6.56″ x 4.93″ postcard and a 14-peso postage stamp
How Much to Mail a Postcard
Postage for postcards will require you to pay
14 15 pesos (roughly 0.30USD / 0.26EUR / 0.24GBP) provided that you are sending a regular sized postcard. A regular sized postcard ranges within the measurements of 6.56″ x 4.93″. If the postcard you choose to send out are way bigger in terms of the measurements mentioned in here, you’d have to pay for different postcard rates.
a 7-peso postage stamp sheet
Postcards cost somewhere between P4 up to P40. I normally settle for those priced at P12 due to their quality and the postage stamps price I stick on the postcards I send out are just those 7-pesos stamps.
In case you do not see any 14-pesos stamps, simply buy two 7-pesos stamps and attach them to your postcards. That’s how you should do it. But if you want to be generous and attach a stamp that’s priced over P14, go ahead and do so! You’re not going to be penalized for it! 😉
P.S. This is the postcard stamps price when you send postcards from the Philippines to any country in the world, ok? 😉
Currently, postcards are priced starting at Php20.00. That is roughly 0.39USD / 0.35EUR / 0.31GBP.
Here are some FAQs regarding your postage stamps questions:
1. How much does it cost to send a postcard?
You need to spend a minimum of 15 pesos to send a postcard outside of the Philippines.
If you are sending a bigger postcard, you might have to pay a higher amount.
2. What is the standard size of postcards allowed?
Regular postcards have a measurement of 4″ x 6″ while some are 6.56″ x 4.93″.
If you are sending a postcard that is smaller than that, chances are the postmaster might ask you to place it in an envelope and be treated as regular mail. The same goes with bigger or giant postcards. It will all depend on your postmaster so be prepared in case they ask you to do this.
3. Where to buy a postage stamp in the Philippines?
Postage stamps can be bought at the main Post Office branches in your city.
There are PhilPost shops in certain malls where you can buy stamps too. I recently bought a stamp at the SM Government Service Express at SM City Cebu. There is a PhilPost center there and they sell stamps. However, the stamps are limited. If you are into Philately and wants to get a wide selection of stamps, the best place to get them is at any main post office branch in your city.
Take note that certain PhilPost offices inside malls do not have stamps. What they have are postage metered stamps. You can choose to send your postcards via metered stamps. The difference here is that a machine will stamp your postcard. You will not get an actual postage stamp. Do not worry though, your postcard will still be delivered to its recipient.
4. How long does it take for a postcard to be delivered?
Postcards sent outside of the Philippines will take 3 weeks to get delivered. Those countries with efficient postal services may take less than 3 weeks, while some countries might take longer.
5. Are postcards sent via door-to-door delivery?
As far as I know, YES, they are sent door-to-door. But this depends on your post office.
I have a bad experience with the post office in my city. I do not receive my post cards. So if you are expecting to get a postcard and 1 month has passed without receiving it, I highly recommend to visit your post office and check if it’s stuck there. Same goes for your recipients too. They can check with their local post office and see in case they haven’t received your postcard after a month has passed.
If you have any questions not covered here, do let me know so that I can add more to this list.