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. 

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Sending in the UK?

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


Service Last recommended posting date
2nd Class & 2nd Class Signed For Wednesday 18th December
1st Class & 1st Class Signed For Friday 20th December
Special Delivery Guaranteed Monday 23rd December
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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
Service Last recommended posting date
Africa, Middle East Monday 9th December
Asia, Far East Monday 9th December
Caribbean, Central and South America Monday 9th December
Cyprus , Malta Tuesday 10th December
Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia) Wednesday 11th December
Greece, Turkey Thursday 12th December
Australia, New Zealand Thursday 12th December
Canada, USA Saturday 14th December
Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Poland , Italy Saturday 14th December
Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland Monday 16th December
Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg Wednesday 18th December
Royal Mail International Economy
Service Last recommended posting date
All non-European destinations except Middle East, South Africa, Far East, USA, Canada Saturday 5th October
Middle East, Far East (except Hong Kong and Singapore) Saturday 5th October
South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA, Canada Saturday 12th October
Eastern Europe, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Malta, Iceland Saturday 2nd November
Western Europe Saturday 16th November
HM Forces Mail (BFPO)
Service Last recommended posting date
Airmail to Operational BFPOs Monday 25th November
Airmail to Static BFPOs Friday 13th December
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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.