Last Christmas posting dates

Whether you’re sending a present to your auntie in Australia or a card to friends just up the road, it’s important to beat the festive rush. That means getting all your letters and parcels in the post on time.

Fortunately Royal Mail always publishes its last dates for Christmas post. You’ll find them all below.

But remember: if you want to guarantee delivery and keep your Christmas promises, it’s always best to send as early as possible!

Last dates for post in the UK

Tuesday, 18 December

  • 2nd Class
  • Royal Mail Signed For® 2nd Class


Thursday, 20 December

  • 1st Class
  • Royal Mail Signed For® 1st Class
  • Royal Mail Tracked 48®*


Friday, 21 December

  • Royal Mail Tracked 24®*


Saturday, 22 December

  • Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®


*Royal Mail Tracked 24 and Royal Mail Tracked 48 services are unavailable to purchase at Post Office® branches.

Last posting dates for Christmas - international

Royal Mail International Standard, Tracking and Signature services (air mail)

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


Monday, 10 December 

  • Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand


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


Need to know the date for a country not listed above? Get the full list of countries.

Last posting dates for sending to someone in the UK armed forces

International HM Forces Mail

Monday, 26 November

  • Operational HM Forces


Friday, 14 December     

  • Static HM Forces

Parcelforce Worldwide last posting dates

Monday, 17 December

  • globalexpress service: Western Europe, the USA & Canada


Wednesday, 19 December

  • irelandexpress service: Republic of Ireland


Thursday, 20 December

  • Two day UK services: express48, express48large


Friday, 21 December

  • Next day UK services including: express9, express10, expressAM , express24


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