Friday, 15 April 2016


Tristan da Cunha , colloquially Tristan, is both a remote group of volcanic islands in the south Atlantic Ocean and the main island of that group. It is the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world, lying 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) from the nearest inhabited land, Saint Helena, 2,400 kilometres (1,500 mi) from the nearest continental land, South Africa, and 3,360 kilometres (2,090 mi) from South America. The territory consists of the main island, also named Tristan da Cunha, which has a north–south length of 11.27 kilometres (7.00 mi) and has an area of 98 square kilometres (38 sq mi), along with the smaller, uninhabited Nightingale Islands and the wildlife reserves of Inaccessible and Gough Islands.
Tristan da Cunha is part of the British overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. This includes Saint Helena and equatorial Ascension Island some 3,730 kilometres (2,318 mi) to the north of Tristan. The island has a population of 267 as of January 2016.

After a long waiting and thought of missing, finally the covers reached from the most remote Islands in the world - Tristan Da Cunha. My friend Iris, staff of Trista da Cunha postal service affixed my favourite full UPU barcode label on covers. Usually they will no do because all letters goes via South Africa, when it reach in SA they will affix another barcode label on the cover, so the space wont be sufficient.
These two beautiful cover posted on October 6, 2015 and reached in South Africa on November 13. After that there was no information regarding its status while tracking. Finally I received them in perfect condition on April 15, 2016. When I tracked the numbers, The TA tracking number still used for its tracking instead of South African barcode. The envelopes reached in Kolkata GPO as Surface Air Lift, then reached in Bangalore also as SAL on April 15. Thank You Iris for the perfect postmarking and neatly affixed UPU Barcode label.

Here you can see the South African Barcode labels on Backside. I had used plastic protectors for the envelopes, so the barcodes were on the top of that. When the covers arrived, I removed and affixed on the backside of the envelopes.

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