This article is exactly what the title says… no messing around.
Here is a list of the best mail forwarding services that will provide you with a virtual address, receive your mail, scan the covers and content and allow you to manage everything from your computer or mobile phone, wherever you happen to be in the world.
Let’s dive in…
Best Mail Forwarding Services in the USA
Headquartered in Sanford, North Carolina, Traveling Mailbox has helped thousands of travelers, ex-pats, businesses, and others worldwide for a number of years now.
Customers can choose from addresses in the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest, with the choice of multiple cities in each region.
Both the website and the Android or iOS app have an easy-to-use interface and make it simple to remotely manage your mail.
Automatic alerts will notify you when you have received new mail and response times are fast.
The $15 a month is an excellent choice for ex-pats and travelers, with business users being catered to with the higher-paid plans.
Another perk is that unlimited phone support is available 24/7 and integration with the likes of Evernote and Google Drive.
MyRVMail is a top-quality choice for RVers looking for a US-based address and virtual mailbox service. The fact the service is designed specifically for RVers really shows.
Features such as unlimited envelope cover scans, changing your forwarding address as often as you need, and the ability to turn your account on and off as required are clearly what RVers need.
No storage fees on your mail is another large benefit you will not find with competing services.
The fact there is only a choice of one virtual address (based out of Florida) will put off a lot of potential business users. However, this isn’t really the target market.
However, customer service is excellent. You can actually get someone on the phone with ease at MyRVMail. They will even review your mail over the phone.
Add this to the easy-to-use phone apps and the fact the service has had a full digital upgrade in recent years and you have a service for RVers that we are truly impressed with.
USA2ME has four plans that will cater to different needs in terms of mail and package forwarding volumes.
If you are an infrequent user you can opt for the free monthly plan that gives you access to a U.S virtual address whenever you need.
Just don’t let the junk mail items add up in your account as you will be charged for storage and disposal.
The real benefit here is for regular online shoppers (based outside of the U.S.) and ex-pats, travelers that expect to ship items regularly to addresses abroad.
If this is you, the higher-priced paid plans with their free shipping quotas included each month will be really useful.
However, should you not use the service enough, the monthly subscriptions of the Premium and Ultimate plans ($35 & $60 respectively), will soon feel expensive and hard to justify.
US Global Mail offers over 30 locations across the U.S. However they recommend the Texas or California addresses for faster response times.
The two low-priced virtual mailboxes suitable for personal use are very competitive and cost $9.95 and $14.95
In fact, the plans here shine in that US Global Mail offers 45 and 90-day free storage on new mail items, (competing plans with other providers normally only offer 30 days).
These low-budget options also provide unlimited scans on the exterior of the mail, you are charged on every item that is opened and scanned, however.
Another big bonus of US Global Mail is the free check deposit facility on all plans. This is a feature that not many other services provide for free.
Best Multi-Country Mail Forwarding Services
Anytime Mailbox is a great option for those looking for a low-budget virtual mailbox service.
Both the website and app are well-designed making it easy to manage your mail remotely.
With thousands of addresses available across the U.S. and abroad, the service is useful for customers all around the world.
The sub $10 a month plans are great for ex-pats and travelers.
However, the fees if you go over your quota, are high on the lowest-priced options. It is important to bear this in mind when you choose your package.
iPostal1 has several plans available over the personal and business categories. These cater well for both small and large-volume users due to the quotas available on each.
The lowest-priced plan is great value at $10 a month.
The best part is that over 2500 virtual addresses are available. The USA is extremely well catered for, however, you will also find addresses in the U.K., and various countries throughout Europe, China, and Malaysia.
PostScanMail offers mailing addresses at over 600 locations across countries such as the U.K. the USA, Canada, the Czech Republic, Singapore, Switzerland, and Grenada.
The plans range from $15 – $30 per month, depending on the number of incoming mail pieces, scans, and recipients.
While not the cheapest available mailbox provider, PostScan Mail does have responsive and helpful customer services.
For many customers, the service works reliably and is trouble-free.
Best Mail Forwarding Services Based in Europe
United Kingdom: UKPostbox
UK Postbox is our top choice for those looking for a U.K based virtual address.
The service offers mail forwarding, street addresses as well as free P.O. boxes.
The easy-to-use online portal allows customers to access their scanned mail from anywhere in the world.
Another great feature is that you can also send letters electronically. Simply type and upload your letters into your account dashboard, and the mailbox service will print and mail them for you.
There are multiple plans based on mail volumes as well as a transparent pay-as-you-go option.
The lowest-priced fixed plan costs £12 per month, including VAT.
France: French Office
French Office provides real street addresses in France and all the normal mail scanning, forwarding, storage, and shredding you need from a virtual mailbox.
Storage times are long and come as part of the plan. The service will also bulk forward items to reduce shipping costs.
Reliable international carriers such as DHL and FedEx are used for this purpose.
Selected plans enable you to choose whether mail is automatically scanned, selectively scanned, or scanned on demand. The basic plan starts at €19.90 per month.
You can control the disposal of mail directly from the online dashboard. French Office is big on sustainability too, so discard mail is recycled.
Overall, a top-quality choice for anyone looking for mail forwarding services from an address based in France.
Germany: My Germany
My Germany is my recommended choice for mail forwarding in Deutschland.
Signing up for the service provides you with a free German delivery address. You pay based on usage and forwarding rather than any monthly fee.
Arguably you can try the service risk-free as a result.
The service will take pictures of the outside of your letters or parcels for free too.
Basically, you choose from automatic scan and storage or on-demand scanning and forwarding.
The scanned images are available in PDF from your dashboard. You can also request shredding and recycling on items that you no longer need.
Packages are forwarded in 2-8 days using FedEx and DHL.
Amalie6 is my choice for anyone requiring mail forwarding from Denmark.
The head office and available address are based out of Copenhagen. In fact, the prestigious address is located very close to the Queen of Denmark.
The service offers mail forwarding and mail scanning of course and will be of interest to anyone wanting to set up an International business presence in Copenhagen.
Amalie6 offers international legal and tax advice due to this fact.
The service also provides virtual office space for meetings and workshops.
Estonia has become a haven for digital nomads and the European tech industry in recent years.
Much of this is due to the forward approach of the government in offering e-residency to foreign companies and entrepreneurs.
In fact, Estonian law allows people to establish their company in Estonia even if the business is operated outside of the country.
Anyway, B2Baltics mailbox service is one of the best in the country. The company provides customers with a virtual address, an official contact person, and mail scanning and forwarding services.
Furthermore, the service will take care of bookkeeping, monthly value-added tax (VAT) reporting, and annual reports.
Because of all of this, B2Baltics is aimed primarily at business users.
Dutchmailer is a great choice for setting up a virtual address presence in the Netherlands and having your mail forwarded accordingly.
Certain freedoms such as no minimum contract, allowing customers to use an anonymous name, and the ability to change your forwarding addresses as often as you like, make this service especially useful and somewhat unique.
Monthly fees start at $10 and can even be paid via Paypal, (a bonus for digital nomads out there that might not have a bank account based in the Netherlands).
Normal mail forwarding options are available through the online dashboard, including storage, forwarding, shredding, and return to sender.
However, scanning contents into PDF format is not available.
Essentially, you should use the service for mail storage, forwarding or disposal only.
Spainbox is the best option for a virtual address based in Spain.
This service is especially good for those looking to do online shopping with the international shipping, of eBay and Amazon returns and collections, being available too.
Spainbox Standard is free and you pay based on when you begin forwarding items.
Spainbox Premium is $14.95 per month and gives you discounts on the price of forwarding as well as other options that benefit regular customers.
UPS, FedEx, and TNT are used to transport goods internationally. You also get the option for Spainbox to store your items so that they can be consolidated for cheaper shipping costs.
A useful online personal shopper option exists where you pay Spainbox the purchase fee for items on Spanish websites that won’t accept foreign credit cards.
Essentially, if you want to utilize the large Spanish eCommerce market but live abroad, Spainbox can help you shop to your heart’s content. 🙂
I’m a 25 year veteran of USPS. I’m retired now, but as the editor of Mailbox Master, I can’t quite remove myself from the carrier industry just yet. 🙂