List of postal codes

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This list shows an overview of postal code notation schemes for all countries that have postal or ZIP code systems.

Country Introduced ISO Area Format Street level Format Note
Afghanistan 2011 AF NNNN The first two digits (ranging from 10–43) correspond to the province, while the last two digits correspond either to the city/delivery zone (range 01–50) or to the district/delivery zone (range 51–99). Afghanistan Postal code lookup
Åland Islands AX NNNNN (CC-NNNNN from abroad) With Finland, first two numbers are 22.
Albania 2006 AL NNNN Introduced in 2006, gradually implemented throughout 2007.
Algeria DZ NNNNN First two as in ISO 3166-2:DZ
American Samoa 1963-07-01 AS NNNNN (optionally NNNNN-NNNN or NNNNN-NNNNNN) U.S. ZIP codes (range 96799)
Andorra 2004 AD CCNNN Each parish now has its own post code.
Angola AO - no codes -
Anguilla 2007 AI AI-2640 Single code used for all addresses.
Antigua and Barbuda AG - no codes -
Argentina 1974, modified 1999 AR NNNN ANNNNAAA 1974-1998 NNNN, and from 1999 ANNNNAAA. Codigo Postal Argentino (CPA), where the first A is the province code as in ISO 3166-2:AR, the four numbers are the old postal codes, the three last letters indicate a side of the block. Previously NNNN which

o the minimum requirement as of 2006.

Armenia 2006-04-01 AM NNNN Previously used NNNNNN system inherited from former Soviet Union.
Aruba AW - no codes -
Ascension island AC AAAANAA one code: ASCN 1ZZ Single code used for all addresses. Part of UK system.
Australia 1967 AU NNNN In general, the first digit identifies the state or territory.
Austria 1966 AT NNNN The first digit denotes regions, which are partly identical to one of the nine provinces—called Bundesländer; the last the nearest post office in the area.
Azerbaijan AZ CCNNNN Previously used NNNNNN system inherited from former Soviet Union.
Bahamas BS - no codes -
Bahrain BH NNN or NNNN Valid post code numbers are 101 to 1216 with gaps in the range. Known as block number (Arabic: رقم المجمع‎) formally. The first digit in NNN format and the first two digits in NNNN format refer to one of the 12 municipalities of the country. PO Box address doesn't need a block number or city name, just the PO Box number followed by the name of the country, Bahrain.
Bangladesh 1971 BD NNNN
Barbados BB CCNNNNN Only one postal code currently assigned. 11000 applies to the General Post Office building in Cheapside, Bridgetown, to enable delivery to Barbados by global package delivery companies whose software requires a postal code.
Belarus BY NNNNNN Retained system inherited from former Soviet Union.
Belgium BE NNNN In general, the first digit gives the province.
Belize BZ - no codes -
Benin BJ - no codes -
Bermuda BM AA AA NN or AA AA AA NN for street addresses, AA AA for P.O. Box addresses. The second half of the postcode identifies the street delivery walk (e.g.: Hamilton HM 12) or the PO Box number range (e.g.: Hamilton HM BX). See Postal codes in Bermuda.
Bhutan 2010 BT NNNNN
Bolivia BO NNNN
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba BQ - no codes -
Bosnia and Herzegovina BA NNNNN
Botswana BW - no codes -
Brazil 1971 BR NNNNN (NNNNN-NNN) NNNNN-NNN NNNNN only from 1971 to 1992. Código de Endereçamento Postal (CEP): -000 to -899 are used for streets, roads, avenues, boulevards; -900 to -959 are used for buildings with a high postal use; -960 to -969 are for promotional use; -970 to -989 are post offices and regular P.O. boxes; and -990 to -998 are used for community P.O. boxes. -999 is used for special services.
British Antarctic Territory BIQQ 1ZZ Single code used for all addresses.
British Indian Ocean Territory IO AAAANAA one code: BBND 1ZZ UK territory, but not UK postcode.
British Virgin Islands VG CCNNNN Specifically, VG1110 through VG1160[1]
Bulgaria 1975 BG NNNN
Burkina Faso BF - no codes -
Burundi BI - no codes -
Cambodia KH NNNNN
Cameroon CM - no codes -
Canada 1971–1975 CA ANA NAN The system was gradually introduced starting in April 1971 in Ottawa. The letters D, F, I, O, Q, and U are not used to avoid confusion with other letters or numbers.
Cape Verde CV NNNN The first digit indicates the island.
Cayman Islands KY CCN-NNNN
Central African Republic CF - no codes -
Chile CL NNNNNNN (NNN-NNNN) May only be required for bulk mail.
China CN NNNNNN A postal code or youbian (邮编) in a subordinate division will have the same first two digits as its governing one (see Political divisions of China. The postal services in Macau or Hong Kong Special Administrative Regions remain separate from Mainland China, with no post code system currently used.
Christmas Island CX NNNN Part of the Australian postal code system.
Cocos (Keeling) Island CC NNNN Part of the Australian postal code system.
Colombia CO NNNNNN First NN = 32 departments[2] Códigos Postales | 4-72
Comoros KM - no codes -
Congo (Brazzaville) CG - no codes -
Congo, Democratic Republic CD - no codes -
Cook Islands CK - no codes -
Costa Rica 2007-03 CR NNNNN (NNNN until 2007) First codes the provinces, next two the canton, last two the district.
Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) CI - no codes -
Croatia HR NNNNN
Cuba CU NNNNN May only be required for bulk mail. The letters CP are frequently used before the postal code. This is not a country code, but an abbreviation for "codigo postal" or postal code.
Curaçao CW - no codes -
Cyprus 1994-10-01 CY NNNN Post code system covers whole island, but not used in Northern Cyprus where 'Mersin 10, Turkey' is used instead.
Czech Republic 1973 CZ NNNNN (NNN NN) With Slovak Republic, Poštovní směrovací číslo (PSČ) - postal routing number.
Denmark 1967-09-20 DK NNNN Numbering follows the dispatch of postal trains from Copenhagen.[3] Also used by Greenland, e.g.: DK-3900 Nuuk.
Djibouti DJ - no codes -
Dominica DM - no codes -
Dominican Republic DO NNNNN
East Timor TL - no codes - No postal code system in use since Indonesian withdrawal in 1999.
Ecuador 2013 EC NNNNNN
El Salvador SV 01101 Used for all inbound mail to El Salvador. The postal office then distributes the mail internally depending on their destination.
Equatorial Guinea GQ - no codes -
Eritrea ER - no codes -
Estonia EE NNNNN
Ethiopia ET NNNN The code is only used on a trial basis for Addis Ababa addresses.
Falkland Islands FK AAAANAA one code: FIQQ 1ZZ UK territory, but not UK postcode
Faroe Islands FO NNN Self-governing territory within the Kingdom of Denmark, but not Danish postcode.
Fiji FJ - no codes -
Finland 1971 FI NNNNN A lower first digit indicates a place in south (for example 00100 Helsinki), a higher indicates a place further to north (99800 in Ivalo). The last digit is usually 0, except for postal codes for PO Box number ranges, in which case it is 1. Country code for Finland: "FI". In the Åland Islands, the postal code is prefixed with "AX", not "FI". Some postal codes for rural settlements may end with 5, and there are some unique postal codes for large companies and institutions, e.g. 00014 HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO (university), 00102 EDUSKUNTA (parliament), 00020 NORDEA (a major Scandinavian bank).
France 1972 FR NNNNN The first two digits give the département number, while in Paris, Lyon and Marseille, the last two digits of the postal code indicates the arrondissement. Both of the 2 Corsican départements use "20" as the first two digits. Also used by French overseas departments and territories. Monaco is also part of the French postal code system, but the country code MC- is used for Monegasque addresses.
French Guiana GF 973NN Overseas Department of France. French codes used. Range 97300 - 97390.
French Polynesia PF 987NN Overseas Collectivity of France. French codes used. Range 98700 - 98790.
French Southern and Antarctic Territories TF - no codes - French codes in the 98400 range have been reserved.
Gabon GA NN [city name] NN Two digit postal zone goes after city name.
Gambia GM - no codes -
Georgia GE NNNN
Germany 1941-07-25 DE NN Postleitzahl (PLZ)
Germany 1962 DE NNNN Postleitzahl (PLZ)
Germany 1993 DE NNNNN Postleitzahl (PLZ), introduced after the German reunification. Between 1989 and 1993 the old separate 4-digit postal codes of former West- and East-Germany were distinguished by preceding "W-" or "O-" ('Ost' for East).
Ghana GH - no codes - [citation needed]
Gibraltar GI GX11 1AA Single code used for all addresses.
Greece 1983 GR NNN NN
Greenland GL NNNN Part of the Danish postal code system.
Grenada GD - no codes -
Guadeloupe GP 971NN Overseas Department of France. French codes used. Range 97100 - 97190.
Guam 1963-07-01 GU NNNNN U.S. ZIP codes. Range 96910 - 96932.
Guatemala GT NNNNN The first two numbers identify the department, the third number the route and the last two the office.
Guernsey 1993 GG AAN NAA, AANN NAA UK-format postcode (first two letters are always GY not GG)
Guinea GN - no codes -
Guinea Bissau GW NNNN
Guyana GY - no codes -
Heard and McDonald Islands HM NNNN Part of the Australian postcode system.
Honduras HN NNNNN
Hong Kong HK - no codes - [1] The dummy postal code of Hong Kong is 999077 but it is unnecessary in fact
Hungary 1973 HU NNNN The code defines an area, usually one code per settlement except the six largest towns. One code can identify more (usually) small settlements as well.
Iceland IS NNN
India 1972-08-15 IN NNNNNN,


Postal Index Number (PIN)
Indonesia ID NNNNN Kode Pos. Included East Timor (ranges 88xxx and 89xxx) until 1999, no longer used. For Indonesia postal code information visit [2]
Iran IR NNNNN-NNNNN (Persian: کد پستی)
Iraq 2004 IQ NNNNN
Ireland IE - no codes - Currently no postal codes; however, Dublin is divided into postal districts on syntax Dublin 9. A national post code system is planned. See also Republic of Ireland postal addresses.
Isle of Man 1993 IM CCN NAA, CCNN NAA UK-format postcode. The first two letters are always IM.
Israel IL NNNNNNN Postcode is always written BEFORE the city/place name, i.e. to the Right in Hebrew or Arabic script - to the Left in Latin script.
Italy 1967 IT NNNNN Codice di Avviamento Postale (CAP). Also used by San Marino and Vatican City. First two digits identify province with some exceptions, because there are more than 100 provinces.
Jamaica 2007 JM Before suspension: CCAAANN

After suspension: NN

Jamaica currently has no national postal code system, except for Kingston and Lower St. Andrew, which are divided into postal districts numbered 1-20[4]

Before the 2007 suspension, the first two letters of a national post code were always 'JM' (for Jamaica) while the third was for one of the four zones (A-D) into which the island was divided. The last two letters were for the parish, while the two digits were for the local post office.[5]

Japan 1968 JP NNNNNNN (NNN-NNNN) See also Japanese addressing system.
Jersey 1994 JE CCN NAA UK-format postcode.
Jordan JO NNNNN Deliveries to PO Boxes only.
Kazakhstan KZ NNNNNN [6]
Kenya KE NNNNN Deliveries to PO Boxes only. The postal code refers to the post office at which the receiver's P. O. Box is located.
Kiribati KI - no codes -
Korea, North KP - no codes -
Korea, South 1970 KR NNNNNN (NNN-NNN)(1988~2015)
Kosovo XK NNNNN A separate postal code for Kosovo was introduced by the UNMIK postal administration in 2004. Serbian postcodes are still widely used in the Serbian enclaves. No country code has been assigned.
Kuwait KW NNNNN The first two digits represent the sector and the last three digits represents the post office.
Kyrgyzstan KG NNNNNN
Lebanon LB NNNN NNNN The first four digits represent the region or postal zone,the last four digits represent the building see also Lebanon Postal code website.
Lesotho LS NNN
Liberia LR NNNN Two digit postal zone after city name.
Liechtenstein 1964 LI NNNN With Switzerland, ordered from west to east. Range 9485 - 9498.
Lithuania LT CC-NNNNN References: Previously 9999 which was actually the old Soviet 999999 format code with the first 2 digits dropped.
Luxembourg LU NNNN References:
Macau MO - no codes - [2]
Macedonia MK NNNN
Madagascar MG NNN
Malawi MW - no codes -
Malaysia MY NNNNN
Mali ML - no codes -
Malta MT AAANNNN (AAA NNNN) Kodiċi Postali
Marshall Islands 1963-07-01 MH NNNNN U.S. ZIP codes. Range 96960 - 96970.
Mauritania MR - no codes -
Mauritius MU NNNNN
Martinique MQ NNNNN Overseas Department of France. French codes used. Range 97200 - 97290.
Mayotte YT NNNNN Overseas Department of France. French codes used. Range 97600 - 97690.
Micronesia FM NNNNN or NNNNN-NNNN US ZIP Code. Range 96941 - 96944.
Mexico MX NNNNN The first two digits identify the state (or a part thereof), except for Nos. 00 to 16, which indicate delegaciones (boroughs) of the Federal District (Mexico City).
Micronesia 1963-07-01 FM NNNNN U.S. ZIP codes. Range 96941 - 96944.
Monaco 1972 MC NNNNN Uses the French Postal System, but with an "MC" Prefix for Monaco. Code range 98000-98099
Mongolia MN NNNNN First digit: region / zone

Second digit: province / district
Last three digits: locality / delivery block[7]

Montenegro ME NNNNN
Montserrat MS MSR 1110-1350
Morocco 1997-01-01 MA NNNNN
Mozambique MZ NNNN
Myanmar MM NNNNN
Namibia NA NNNNN Postal Code ranges from 9000-9299 (NOTE: mainly 9000 is used)
Nauru NR - no codes -
Netherlands 1977 NL NNNN NNNN AA The combination of the postcode and the housenumber gives a unique identifier of the address.
New Caledonia NC 988NN Overseas Collectivity of France. French codes used. Range 98800 - 98890.
New Zealand 2008-06 NZ NNNN Postcodes were originally intended for bulk mailing and were not needed for addressing individual items. However, new post codes for general use were phased in from June 2006 and came into force by July 2008.
Nicaragua NI NNNNN
Niue NU - no codes -
Norfolk Island NF NNNN Part of the Australian postal code system.
Northern Mariana Islands 1963-07-01 MP NNNNN U.S. ZIP codes. Range 96950 - 96952.
Norway 1968-03-18 NO NNNN From south to north
Oman OM NNN Deliveries to P.O. Boxes only.
Pakistan PK NNNNN Pakistan postal codes list
Palau 1963-07-01 PW NNNNN U.S. ZIP codes. All locations 96940.
Palestine PS NNN not yet implemented in practice. Codes 100-899 are in the Westbank, 900-999 in the Gaza Strip
Papua New Guinea PG NNN
Paraguay PY NNNN
Philippines PH NNNN
Pitcairn Islands PN AAAANAA one code: PCRN 1ZZ UK territory, but not UK postcode
Poland 1973 PL NNNNN (NN-NNN)
Portugal 1976 PT NNNN
Puerto Rico 1963-07-01 PR NNNNN U.S. ZIP codes. ZIP codes 006XX for NW PR, 007XX for SE PR, in which XX designates the town or post office and 009XX for the San Juan Metropolitan Area, in which XX designates the area or borough of San Juan. The last four digits identify an area within the post office. For example 00716-2604: 00716-for the east section of the city of Ponce and 2604 for Aceitillo St. in the neighborhood of Los Caobos. US Post office is changing the PR address format to the American one: 1234 No Name Avenue, San Juan, PR 00901.
Qatar QA - no codes -
Réunion RE 974NN Overseas Department of France. French codes used. Range 97400 - 97490.
Romania 2003-05-01 RO NNNNNN Previously 99999 in Bucharest and 9999 in rest of country.
Russia 1971 RU NNNNNN Placed on a line of its own.
Saint Barthélemy BL 97133 Overseas Collectivity of France. French codes used.
Saint Helena SH STHL 1ZZ Single code used for all addresses.
Saint Kitts and Nevis KN - no codes -
Saint Lucia LC - no codes -
Saint Martin MF 97150 Overseas Collectivity of France. French codes used.
Saint Pierre and Miquelon PM 97500 Overseas Collectivity of France. French codes used.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2010 VC CCNNNN
San Marino SM 4789N With Italy, uses a five-digit numeric CAP of Emilia Romagna. Range 47890 and 47899
Sao Tome and Principe ST - no codes -
Saudi Arabia SA NNNNN for PO Boxes. NNNNN-NNNN for home delivery. A complete 13-digit code has 5-digit number representing region, sector, city, and zone; 4-digit X between 2000 and 5999; 4-digit Y between 6000 and 9999 [3]. Digits of 5-digit code may represent postal region, sector, branch, section, and block respectively [4].
Senegal SN NNNNN The letters CP or C.P. are often written in front of the postcode. This is not a country code, but simply an abbreviation for "code postal".
Serbia 2005-01-01 RS NNNNN Poštanski adresni kod (PAK)
Seychelles SC - no codes -
Sint Maarten SX - no codes -
Sierra Leone SL - no codes -
Singapore 1950 SG NN
Singapore 1979 SG NNNN
Singapore 1995 SG NNNNNN Each building has its own unique postcode.
Slovakia 1973 SK NNNNN (NNN NN) with Czech Republic from west to east, Poštové smerovacie číslo (PSČ) - postal routing number.
Slovenia SI NNNN (CC-NNNN)
Solomon Islands SB - no codes -
Somalia SO AA Two letter postal codes for each of the nation's 18 administrative regions (e.g. AW for Awdal, BN for Banaadir, BR for Bari and SL for Sool).[8]
South Africa 1973 ZA NNNN Postal codes are allocated to individual Post Office branches, some have two codes to differentiate between P.O. Boxes and street delivery addresses. Included Namibia (ranges 9000-9299) until 1992, no longer used.
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands GS SIQQ 1ZZ One code for all addresses.
Spain 1976 ES NNNNN First two indicate the province, range 01-52
Sri Lanka LK NNNNN Reference: Incorporates Colombo postal districts, e.g.: Colombo 1 is "00100". You can search for specific postal codes here.
Suriname SR - no codes -
Swaziland SZ ANNN The letter identifies one of the country's four districts.
Sweden 1968-05-12 SE NNNNN (NNN NN)
Switzerland 1964 CH NNNN With Liechtenstein, ordered from west to east. In Geneva and other big cities, like Basel, Bern, Zurich, there may be one or two digits after the name of the city when the generic City code (1211) is used instead of the area-specific code (1201, 1202...), e.g.: 1211 Geneva 13. The digit identifies the post office. This addressing is generally used for P.O. box deliveries.
Svalbard and Jan Mayen SJ NNNN Norway postal codes
Syria SY - no codes - A 4-digit system has been announced. Status unknown.
Taiwan 1970-03-20 TW NNNNN The first three digits of the postal code are required; the last two digits are optional. Codes are known as youdi quhao (郵遞區號), and are also assigned to Senkaku Islands (Diaoyutai), though Japanese-administered, the Pratas Islands and the Spratly Islands. See List of postal codes in Taiwan.
Tajikistan TJ NNNNNN Retained system from former Soviet Union.
Tanzania TZ - no codes -
Thailand 1982-02-25 TH NNNNN The first two specify the province, numbers as in ISO 3166-2:TH, the third and fourth digits specify a district (amphoe)
Togo TG - no codes -
Tokelau TK - no codes -
Tonga TO - no codes -
Trinidad and Tobago 2012 (planned) TT NNNNNN First two digits specify a postal district (one of 72), next two digits a carrier route, last two digits a building or zone along that route
Tristan da Cunha SH TDCU 1ZZ Single code used for all addresses.
Tunisia TN NNNN
Turkey TR NNNNN First two digits are the city numbers.[9]
Turkmenistan TM NNNNNN Retained system from former Soviet Union.
Turks and Caicos Islands TC TKCA 1ZZ Single code used for all addresses.
Tuvalu TV - no codes -
Uganda UG - no codes -
Ukraine UA NNNNN
United Arab Emirates AE - no codes -
United Kingdom 1959–1974 GB A[A]N[A/N] A[A]N[A/N] NAA Known as the postcode. The first letter(s) indicate the postal area, such as the town or part of London. Placed on a separate line below the city (or county, if used). The UK postcode is made up of two parts separated by a space. These are known as the outward postcode and the inward postcode. The outward postcode is always one of the following formats: AN, ANN, AAN, AANN, ANA, AANA, AAA. The inward postcode is always formatted as NAA. A valid inward postcode never contains the letters: C, I, K, M, O or V. The British Forces Post Office has a different system, but as of 2012 has also adopted UK-style postcodes that begin with "BF1" for electronic compatibility.
United States 1963-07-01 US NNNNN (optionally NNNNN-NNNN) Known as the ZIP Code with five digits 99999* or the ZIP+4 Code with nine digits 99999-9999* (while the minimum requirement is the first five digits, the U.S. Postal Service encourages everyone to use all nine). Also used by the former US Pacific Territories: Federated States of Micronesia; Palau; and the Marshall Islands, as well as in current US territories American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands. An individual delivery point may be represented as an 11-digit number, but these are usually represented by Intelligent Mail barcode or formerly POSTNET bar code.
Uruguay UY NNNNN
U.S. Virgin Islands 1963-07-01 VI NNNNN U.S. ZIP codes. Range 00801 - 00851.
Uzbekistan 2005 UZ NNN NNN Почтовые индексы
Vanuatu VU - no codes -
Vatican VA 00120 Single code used for all addresses. Part of the Italian postal code system.
Venezuela VE NNNN or NNNN A
Vietnam VN NNNNNN First two indicate a province.
Wallis and Futuna WF 986NN Overseas Collectivity of France. French codes used. Range 98600 - 98690.
Yemen YE - no codes - System for Sana'a Governorate using geocoding "عنواني" based on the OpenPostcode algorithm is inaugurated in 2014.[10]
Zimbabwe ZW - no codes - System is being planned.

On the use of country codes[edit]

The use of country codes in conjunction with postal codes started as a recommendation from CEPT (European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations) in the 1960s. In the original CEPT-recommendation the distinguishing signs of motor vehicles in international traffic ("car codes") were placed before the postal code, and separated from it by a "-" (dash). Codes were only used on international mail and were hardly ever used internally in each country.

Since the late 1980s, however, a number of postal administrations have changed the recommended codes to the two-letter country codes of ISO 3166. This would allow a universal, standardized code set to be used, and bring it in line with country codes used elsewhere in the UPU (Universal Postal Union). Attempts were also made (without success) to make this part of the official address guidelines of the UPU. Recently introduced postal code systems where the UPU has been involved have included the ISO 3166 country code as an integral part of the postal code.

At present there are no universal guidelines as to which code set to use, and recommendations vary from country to country. In some cases, the applied country code will differ according to recommendations of the sender's postal administration. UPU recommends that the country name always be included as the last line of the address.

In the list above, the following principles have been applied:

  • Integral country codes have been included in the code format, in bold type and without brackets. These are also used on internal mail in the respective countries.
  • The ISO 3166 codes is used alone for countries that have explicitly recommended them.
  • Where there is no explicit recommendation for ISO 3166 codes and the codes differ, both "car codes" and ISO 3166 codes are listed, with the "car code" listed first.