What are the last posting dates for Christmas?

Royal Mail Postbox

Published at 4:04pm 28th November 2018. (Updated at 4:17pm 28th November 2018)

Royal Mail has given us the dates for sending festive parcels and cards right around the world.

We've got plenty of time to get any items in the post if it's staying in the UK, but not quite as long if it's going overseas.

These dates are recommended to guarantee that whatever you're sending will arrive in time for Christmas:

  • Tuesday 4th December - Africa, Middle East
  • Friday 7th December - Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East and Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia)
  • Saturday 8th December - Caribbean, Central and South America
  • Monday 10th December - Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand
  • Friday 14th December - Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, USA
  • Saturday 15th December - Finland, Sweden 
  • Monday 17th December - Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland. 
  • Tuesday 18th December - Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

The last posting dates apply to both standard international services and those which have tracking and signature.

Air Mail Letters Post
Hundreds of thousands of letters are expected to be sent in the festive post over the next few weeks

WHAT'S THE LATEST WE CAN POST THINGS FOR CHRISTMAS IN THE UK?

For sending items in the UK, here's the recommended dates for last posting:

  • Tuesday 18th December for Second Class mail
  • Thursday 20th December for First Class mail
  • Saturday 22nd December for Special Delivery

SALISBURY POST OFFICE GIVING US MORE CHANCES TO SEND ITEMS:

The counter at the city's Waitrose store on Churchill Way is open during the same hours as the store itself.

That's 7.30am to 9.00pm Monday to Saturday and 10.00am to 4.00pm on Sundays.

The High Street Post Office is also extending its opening hours to make sure as many customers as possible can get their Christmas post sent out:

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