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List of Prohibited items - 1995 Revision of Postal Regulations (section 27) for more prohibited items see the Customs Law.

There shall not be accepted for postage any postal package¬

  1. containing¬
    • opium, morphine, cocaine or other drugs listed in the Schedule to the Misuse of Drugs Law (1995 Revision);
    • any living creatures except bees, leeches, silk worms or parasites or destroyers of noxious insects used for the purpose of controlling those insects and exchanged between official recognised institutions;
    • anything which, by the law of the country or place in which the package is posted or through which it may pass, it is unlawful to send, import or convey by post;
    • obscene or immoral articles; or
    • articles of which the importation or circulation is prohibited in the country of destination;
  2. containing or bearing any fictitious stamp or any counterfeit impression of a Post Office franking machine, or any counterfeit of any other impression authorised by or under the Postal Law to be used to effect payment of postage or fees;
    • having thereon, or on the cover thereof, any works, letters or marks (used without due authority) which signify or imply or may reasonably lead the recipient thereof to believe, that it is sent on Her Majesty's Service;
    • of such a form or colour or so made up for transmission by post as to be likely in the opinion of the Post Office to embarrass its officers in dealing therewith;
    • having on the outer cover a fastening device such as might injure a person dealing with the packet or obstruct or impede the performance of any postal operation;
    • having anything written, printed or otherwise impressed upon or attached thereto which, either by tending to prevent the easy and quick reading of the address of the packet or by inconvenient proximity to the stamp or stamps used to denote payment of postage or fees, or in any other way, is in itself or in the manner in which it is written, printed, impressed or attached, likely in the opinion of the Post Office to embarrass its officers in dealing with it;
  3. bearing any stamp or impression of a franking machine denoting payment of postage or fees which is imperfect, mutilated or defaced in any way or across which anything is written or printed or otherwise impressed, but a stamp shall not be deemed to be imperfect or mutilated or defaced or to have anything written or printed or impressed across it by reason only that it is distinctively perforated with initials by means of a punch if the perforating holes are not larger than those dividing one stamp from another in a sheet of postage stamps;
  4. having the part of their cover reserved for the address divided into separate sections for the insertion of successive addresses;
  5. the cover whereof is entirely transparent or has therein any open panel:
    • Provided that there may be a transparent panel in the cover for the purpose of showing the address of the addressee to be read without difficulty or inconvenience by the Postal Office staff,
    • whereon the payment of any postage or fees purports to be denoted by any stamp or impression which has been previously used to denote payment of the postage or fees on any other postal packet or parcel or any other revenue or tax;
    • consisting of or containing two or more postal packages (of the same or of different descriptions) addressed to different addresses; or
    • sent at printed package rates and found on examination to contain anything sealed or otherwise closed against inspection or to contain or bear anything in the nature of personal correspondence, or any postage stamp or form (whether cancelled or not) denoting payment of postage or fees, or any paper representing monetary value.

28. (1) The following rules apply to postcards¬

  1. no writing except the name and address of the addressee and any postal directions recognised by the U.P.U., and no printing except that of any of the matters aforesaid, may appear on the right-hand half of the address side;
  2. they must be made of cardboard or paper thick enough to ensure easy manipulation;
  3. nothing may be attached except¬
    • postage stamps denoting payment of postage or fees and an official Air Mail label where required; or
    • illustrations, photographs, stamps of any kind, being made of paper or other thin substance, address slips and fold-back sheets:

      Provided that¬

      1. every such article is of such a nature as not to alter the character of the postcard, and adheres completely thereto;
      2. every such article, except a label or an address slip is affixed only to the back or to the left-hand half of the address side; and
      3. no stamp likely to be mistaken for a stamp used to denote payment of postage or fees is fixed to the address side; and
  4. stamps or impressions of post office franking machines, presses or devices denoting payment of postage or fees are to be placed on the address side and as nearly as possible on the right-hand half.
  5. Postcards found in the post not complying with rules (a) to (c) of subregulation (1) will be dealt with as letters.
  6. Postcards found in the post not complying with rule (d) of subregulation (1), will be dealt with as if the postage or fees denoted by the stamps or impressions placed otherwise than in conformity with that rule had not been paid.