Royal Mail Posting Dates

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The final festive posting dates are fast approaching, with Christmas less than two weeks away.

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  • Royal Mail issues last posting dates for Christmas 2020 – post packages ‘early’. Royal Mail also recently issued advice for customers over the festive period.
  • In order to get your gifts and letters in time for Christmas, the Royal Mail is urging Brits to not leave their post till last minute. Latest Recommended Posting Dates Friday 18 December - 2nd.
  • Royal Mail has kept Britain connected throughout the coronavirus pandemic, keeping businesses operating, and helping people who may not have the option to leave their homes. It's important, therefore, to be aware of posting deadlines for Christmas gifts, not only for your loved ones, but to also allow for the extra pressure put on logistics.

Staffordshire residents are getting ready for the big day, with many sending out Christmas cards and gifts to loved ones they may not be able to see this festive break.

The information below is provided in good faith, but Royal Mail is not responsible for it, and it should be viewed as a guide only. Specific restrictions and changes may be enforced at short notice, so for clarification please contact the destination country's trade.

So with the pre-Christmas rush ahead, Royal Mail has released the last post dates so that people can ensure everything arrives just in time for the big day.

Here is when you should post to make sure your mail arrives with the recipient on time:


Royal Mail 2nd Class & 2nd Class Signed For – Friday 18 December

Royal Mail 1st Class & 1st Class Signed For – Monday 21 December

Parcelforce Worldwide – Tuesday 22 December

Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed Parcelforce Worldwide express– Wednesday 23 December

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Some international dates for posting have already passed, with others incredibly close, so be sure to get to the post office as soon as possible. Here are all the international last post dates:

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Monday 5 October All non-European destinations (except South Africa, Canada, Middle and Far East, USA)

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Monday 12 October Middle and Far East, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa

Monday 2 November Canada, Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta, Turkey, USA

Monday 16 November Western Europe

Royal Mail International Standard and International tracking and signature services

Friday 4 December Australia and New Zealand

Wednesday 9 December Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, Far and Middle East

Thursday 10 December Canada, Cyprus and Malta

Friday 11 December Greece, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia) and Turkey

Saturday 12 December Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA

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Wednesday 16 December Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland

Friday 18 December Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

HM Forces Mail BFPOs

Airmail to Operational BFPOs – Monday 30 November

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Airmail to Static BFPOs – Monday 7 December