Last Christmas posting dates 2021

If you’re using the Royal Mail to post your items this Christmas, then it’s a good idea to read up on the cut off points for sending mail to certain regions and the postage type you’ll need to choose. If you’re sending mail within the UK, your last option to send items is on Thursday 23rd December. 

Sending mail in the UK

If you’re sending mail from the UK to another UK address, here are your last chances to send your post:

Friday 17th December

  • Royal Mail bulk mail economy

Saturday 18th December

  • 2nd class
  • 2nd class signed for
  • Royal Mail 48

Tuesday 21 December

  • 1st class
  • 1st class signed for
  • Royal Mail 24
  • Mail Mail tracked 48

Thursday 23 December

  • Special delivery guaranteed
We can send letters in the UK on your behalf
Learn about our send letters online service

Sending mail internationally

If you’re sending mail from the UK to an overseas address, here are the last chances to post that you have:

Standard, tracked & signed for services

Wednesday 1st December

  • Caribbean

Monday 6th December

  • Australia
  • New Zealand

Wednesday 8th December

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Central and South America
  • Far and Middle East

Friday 10th December

  • Cyprus
  • Malta

Saturday 11th December

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

Monday 13th December

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

Thursday 16th December

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

Saturday 18th December

  • Belgium
  • France
  • Luxembourg

HM Forces

Monday 29th November

  • Airmail to operational HM Forces

Monday 6th December

  • Airmail to static HM Forces

Alternative couriers to the Royal Mail

Sending parcels internationally this Christmas?
Utilise our shop & ship service

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