When Royal Mail's last Christmas post date is for the UK, Europe, USA, Australia, and more

With holidays just around the corner, it might be wise to check Royal Mail’s Christmas post dates for 2021.

The dates come into effect in the coming days, and Royal Mail has advised people to be prompt in posting their Christmas cards and gifts abroad if they want them delivered in time.

Royal Mail has said: “Allow plenty of time for posting. Please post items and gifts for Christmas early, particularly for International deliveries.

“Ongoing Covid restrictions, reduced air and freight capacity, high volumes and winter weather conditions are all impacting transportation and local delivery across the globe.”

To avoid overburdening the Royal Mail at their busiest time of the year and potentially leaving loved ones giftless at Christmas, senders should take note of the following dates.

UK last posting dates

Friday, December 17

  • Royal Mail Bulk Mail Economy

Saturday, December 18

  • 2nd Class

  • 2nd Class Signed For

  • Royal Mail 48

Tuesday, December 21

  • 1st Class

  • 1st Class Signed For

  • Royal Mail 24

  • Royal Mail Tracked 48

Wednesday, December 22

  • Royal Mail Tracked 24

Thursday, December 23

  • Special Delivery Guaranteed

International last posting dates

International Economy

  • The deadline to send to Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta and Turkey already passed on Friday, November 26

  • Monday, November 29 is the last day to send to Western Europe

International Standard and international tracking and signature services

Wednesday, December 1

  • Caribbean

Monday, December 6

  • Australia

  • Greece

  • Italy

  • New Zealand

  • Portugal

Wednesday, December 8

  • Africa

  • Central and South America

  • Asia

  • Far and Middle East

Friday, December 10

  • Cyprus

  • Malta

  • Sweden

Saturday, December 11

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

  • Turkey

Monday, December 13

  • Canada

  • Czech Republic

  • Finland

  • Poland

  • USA

Thursday, December 16

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Denmark

  • France

  • Germany

  • Iceland

  • Ireland

  • Luxembourg

  • Netherlands

  • Norway

  • Slovakia

  • Spain

  • Switzerland

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