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 IRC's Required to return a QSL 

Country IRC's GS Eu Comment
Aland Isl. 1 1
Argentina 1 2 Present rates require .50LU/20grm to USA & .20LU/20grm to rest of world.
Armenia 2* 2
Australia 1 preferred 2 1 USGS is insufficient but that 1 IRC is and is the prefered renumeration.
Austria 1 1 1.09
Balearic Is 1 1
Belarus 1 1
Belgium (surface) 1 1*
Belgium (air) 2 2 1 irc is good for surface rate and 2 irc's are needed for air mail postage which is 34 Belgian Francs
Boznia-Herzogo 1 preferred 2 1 Old (small) IRC'S are no longer accepted. Large only. Outlying Post offices resist IRC redemptions.
Brazil 1 1
Bulgaria 1* 1 IRC's are not available in Bulgaria. Only source is from dxer's who send to Bulgarian hams. Also attempting to purchase IRC's via mail using GS's is risky.
Cambodia Not Valid 1
Canada 1 2
Canary IS. 1 1
Chile 1* 1
China 1 1(prefered)
Colombia 1 (new only) 2 Old (small) IRC'S are no longer accepted. Large only.
Costa Rica 1 1 Old (small) IRC'S are no longer accepted. Large only.
Croatia 1 1
Cyprus 1 (new only) 1 Old (small) IRC'S are no longer accepted. Large only.
Czech Republic 1 1
Denmark 1 1
Easter Isl. 1 2
Egypt Not Valid 1
El Salvador Not Valid 1
Finland 1 1 0.65
France 1 1 0.75
Germany 1 2 1.55
Great Britain 1 1
Greece 1 1 0.62
Guensey 1 1 Old IRC's are accepted at local PO discretion (suggests using New) A couple of foreign hams remind us to check the exchange rate. Sometimes US is less than postage, sometimes it's more.
Hungary 1 1
Indonesia 2 2
Iran Not Valid 2 IRC's are not accepted in this country
Italy 1 1 0.62
India 1 (illegal) IRC's only. India does not allow possesion of Green Stamps.
Japan 1 2 Air mail postage from Japan is 110 Yen. At todays exchange rate US is not quite enough.
Jan Mayen 1 2 2
Kuwait 1 1 An IRC in Kuwait is only accepted if it is new and clearly stamped and the country name is shown clearly, otherwise not accepted.
Laos 1* 1 Everyone that sending US dollar$ to Laos is not a good idea. He says, "It is not a violation (to have $)", however the average postman in Laos makes about a month. The temptation is very high to take these envelopes. He asks that you please send IRCs to Laos.
Libya Not Valid 2 IRC's are not accepted in Libya
Lebanon Not Valid 1 IRC's are not accepted in Lebanon
Luxembourg Not Valid 1 Luxembourg has only one type of service, no such thing as surface or air mail.
Malta 1 1 0.19
Mexico 1 2
Mongolia 1 1 IRC's can only be redeemed at main PO in Ulaan Batar. So if qsl to other QTH, use GS's.
Namibia Not Valid 2 IRC's are not available. Air mail postage from Namibia is 3,4 N$
Netherlands 1 1 0.77
Netherland -Antilles 2 2
New Caldonia 1 2
New Zealand 1 2
Norway & JX/JW 1 2 2
Paraguay Not Valid 2
Philippines 1 1
Poland 1 1
Portugal 1 1
Rep. of Georgia 2 2*
Romania 1 1
Russia 1 1
S. Africa 2 1
Scotland 1 2
Singapore 1 1
Spain 1 1 0.77
Slovak Republic 1 1*
Slovenia 1 (suggested)  2
Sri Lanka 1 1
Sweden 1 (prefered)  2 2
Switzerland (B) 1 1 1 Priority B is a white envelope, air mail but slower than Priority A
Switzerland (A) 2 2 2 Priority A is a Air Mail envelope.
Turkey 1 1
Uruguay 1 2
Ukraine 2 1
Venezuela 2 2 US is good to all destinations but 3 IRC's needed for Asia & Oceania

Definitions:

IRC = The number of IRC's the local Post Office requires to mail a envelope containing a QSL.
GreenStamp's = Money rounded up to next dollar (US) required to mail a envelope containing a QSL.
An * after the IRC or GS amount indicates the PREFERRED currency.
NOTES:

A couple of foreign hams remind us to check the exchange rate. Sometimes US is less than postage, sometimes it's more. Also, sometimes the foreign ham has to pay a fee to exchange GS's for the local currency. This fee is frequently more than the GS!

update august 2004


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