Whether it’s to spread festive cheer with a Christmas card or a present, keep these last Christmas posting dates handy so you don’t miss them.
If you’ve got loved ones overseas, then it’s time to get organised and start thinking about posting their Christmas presents and cards.
UK Posting dates
Second Class: Wednesday, December 20
First Class: Thursday, December 21
Special Delivery: Thursday, December 21
Special Delivery Saturday Guaranteed: Friday, December 22
Royal Mail Tracked 48: Wednesday, December 20
Royal Mail Tracked 24: Thursday, December 21
International standard (Airmail) and international tracked and signature services
Africa, Middle East: Saturday, December 2
Cyprus, Asia, Far East (including Japan), Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia): Wednesday, December 6
Caribbean, Central and South America: Thursday, December 7
Greece, Australia, New Zealand: Saturday, December 9
Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland: Wednesday, December 13
Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA: Thursday, December 14
Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland: Friday, December 15
Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg: Saturday, December 16
International Economy (surface)
All non-European destinations except Middle East, South Africa, Far East, the USA, Canada: Wednesday, September 27
Middle and Far East (except Hong Kong and Singapore): Thursday, September 28
South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, the USA and Canada: Thursday, October 12
Eastern Europe, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Malta and Iceland: Thursday, November 2
Western Europe: Thursday, November 16
British Forces Post Office (BFPO)
Airmail to Operational BFPOs: Monday, November 27
Airmail to Static BFPOs: Monday, December 11
What are the last days to order online?
Christmas Eve: Last day for normal deliveries and Saturday collection.
If you’re shopping online, the retailer may need a couple of extra days to get the items to you.
Amazon, ASOS, Tesco and other popular sites for online shopping should have their own guidelines, so check their websites.
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and December 27 – No deliveries or collection
December 28, 29, 30 and New Year’s Eve – Normal deliveries and collection
New Year’s Day and January 2 – No deliveries or collection
January 3 – Normal deliveries and collection, except in Scotland
January 4 – Normal deliveries and collection