Last Christmas posting dates 2020

The festive season is drawing ever closer, and for many the planning for Christmas in 2020 has already begun. Don’t leave your Christmas posting to the last possible second- for anyone looking to send out Christmas mail to their friends and families, you need to be aware of all the last posting dates. If you’re a slow starter when it comes to getting Christmas sorted, you’ll be happy to know that you have until the 23rd December to post in the UK; international posters will find their options restricted after 5th October however. 

Your last chance to post within the UK

Friday 18th December

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

Monday 21st December

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

Tuesday 22nd December

  • Royal Mail Tracked 24

Wednesday 23rd December

  • Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed

International posting dates in time for Christmas

International economy

Monday 5th October

  • All non-European destinations (excluding South Africa, Canada, the Middle and Far East and USA)

Monday 12th October

  • The Middle and Far East, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Africa

Monday 2nd November

  • Canada, Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta, Turkey and USA

Monday 16th November

  • Western Europe

Royal Mail International Standard & International Tracking Signature Services

Friday 4th December

  • Australia & New Zealand

Wednesday 9th December

  • Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, the Far and Middle East

Thursday 10th December

  • Canada, Cyprus and Malta

Friday 11th December

  • Greece, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia) and Turkey

Saturday 12th December

  • Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA

Wednesday 16th December

  • Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland

Friday 18th December

  • Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

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Christmas posting dates: HM Forces

Monday 30th November

  • Airmail to Operational HM Forces

Monday 7th December

  • Airmail to Static HM Forces

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Please note that all of these delivery time estimates are subject to the unpredictable British weather, and may be affected by weather conditions.

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