Last Posting Dates For Christmas 2018

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 Last Posting dates

Tuesday 18th December:

  • 2nd Class
  • Royal Mail signed for 2nd Class

Thursday 20th December:

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

Friday 21st December

  • Royal Mail Tracked 24

Saturday 22 December

  • Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed


International standard (Airmail) and international tracked and signature services

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

International Economy (surface)

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

British Forces Post Office (BFPO)

Airmail to Operational BFPOs: Monday, November 26
Airmail to Static BFPOs: Friday, December 14

Parcelforce Worldwide

Please visit the Parcelforce website for further information


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


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