Christmas last posting dates 

Get your cards, gifts and greetings there in time for Christmas. Check the latest recommended posting dates for all our UK and international parcels and letters services. 

Sending in the UK?

Here are the latest recommended posting dates for all services to UK addresses.


Date
Recommended posting date
Tuesday 18 December
tickRoyal Mail 2nd Class
tickRoyal Mail Signed For 2nd® Class
Thursday 20 December
tickRoyal Mail 1st Class
tickRoyal Mail Signed For® 1st Class
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Friday 21 December tickParcelforce Worldwide express24, AM, 9 & 10
Saturday 22 December tickRoyal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®

 

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Sending items overseas?

If you’re sending mail abroad, post early to avoid disappointment. Here are the latest recommended posting dates to different destinations for each international service.


Royal Mail International Standard and International Tracking and Signature services

Date
Recommended posting date
Tuesday 4 December Africa, Middle East
Friday 7 December Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia)
Saturday 8 December Caribbean, Central and South America
Friday 14 December Canada*, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland and USA
Saturday 15 December Finland, Sweden
Monday 17 December Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
Tuesday 18 December Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

*Notice for services to Canada: The last recommended posting date to Canada is Friday 14 December, however due to recent industrial action in Canada, Canada Post are advising of significant delivery delays once items reach Canada. As a result, they are no longer able to commit to their usual delivery aims. Customers should expect continuing and significant delays to services over the Christmas period and into the new year.

Please note this does not affect the Parcelforce Global Express product where normal service guarantees apply. Updates on the situation are available here.

Missed the last posting date for your mail’s destination using this service? There might be time to get it there with Parcelforce Worldwide services. Check their last posting dates below or the full list here.

Royal Mail International Economy

Date
Recommended posting date
Friday 28 September Australia, New Zealand and all other non-European destinations (except Middle East, South Africa, Far East, USA and Canada)
Saturday 29 September Middle and Far East (except Hong Kong and Singapore) and Iceland
Saturday 13 October South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA and Canada
Saturday 3 November Eastern Europe, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Malta and Iceland and Singapore
Saturday 17 November Western Europe

Missed the last posting date for your mail’s destination using this service? There might be time to get it there with Parcelforce Worldwide services. Check their last posting dates below or the full list here.

HM Forces Mail (BFPO)

Date
Recommended posting date
Monday 26 November Operational HM Forces
Friday 14 December Static HM Forces
Parcelforce Worldwide services

Date
Recommended posting date
Friday 30 November – Monday 17 December

Parcelforce Worldwide globalexpress to:

  • Rest of Europe
  • Rest of the world (excluding the destinations below)
Monday 17 December

Parcelforce Worldwide globalexpress to:

  • Western Europe
  • USA / Canada
Wednesday 19 December Parcelforce Worldwide irelandexpress (to Republic of Ireland)
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More international options

 

Parcelforce Worldwide offers a range of international delivery services to over 220 countries. Here’s the full list and their last dates to post in time for Christmas.


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Some common questions


When is the last post collection near me?

Collection times can vary, so check with your local branch. Use our Branch Finder to search for and locate your nearest branch across our network

How long does post take during the Christmas period?

Service Delivery aim Last posting date
1st Class Next working day, including Saturdays 20 December
2nd Class Two to three working days, including Saturdays 18 December
Special Delivery Guaranteed® By 9am or 1pm dependent on service selected is guaranteed or your money back 22 December (before last collection which may be earlier on a Saturday - check with your local branch)
Do Post Office branches open during weekends?

Lots of Post Offices are now open longer hours, including at weekends, so we’re there when it’s most convenient for you. Many even open on Sundays. Use our Branch Finder to find branches close to you, including their opening hours.

What if I have more questions about last posting dates?

Just speak to one of our team when you’re in branch. They’ll be happy to help.