TN 5 (07-07)

RM 05005.002 Correspondence Involving Residents/Officials of Foreign Countries

A. Policy - Correspondence Not Permitted

The Social Security Administration (SSA) does not permit correspondence with persons living in countries to which the U.S. Postal Service is unable to deliver the mail.

B. Procedure - Mail Deliveries to Foreign Countries

1. U.S. Postal Service Index of Countries and Localities

For a listing of all countries that the United States Postal Service can or cannot deliver mail to see the U.S. Postal Service Index of Countries and Localities at http://pe.usps.gov/text/imm/immctry.htm

2. Direct Mail Contact with Persons Abroad

Some countries request certain procedures when contacting residents. See GN 00904.217.

3. Countries That Are Unable to Receive Mail from the U.S. Postal Service:

Somalia, Somaliland, and Puntland

Since the U.S. does not have an Embassy or any other diplomatic presence in any part of Somalia, including Somaliland and Puntland, the U.S. government cannot provide services to U.S. citizens in Somalia. Limited American Citizen Services are available for travelers to Somalia at the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi and Djibouti. The Somalian Embassy ceased operations on May 8, 1991. Any corresponding material should be sent to:

Federal Benefits Unit
American Embassy
Via Vittorio Veneto 121
00187 Rome, Italy

4. SSA Restricted

When SSA does not make payment to beneficiaries residing in a certain country.

5. Treasury Barred

Treasury is prohibited from delivering all government checks to people living in a restricted country

  • Cuba

  • North Korea

6. Treasury Department and SSA Restrictions

See RS 02650.000


To Link to this section - Use this URL:
http://policy.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0105005002
RM 05005.002 - Correspondence Involving Residents/Officials of Foreign Countries - 03/30/2012
Batch run: 03/30/2012
Rev:03/30/2012