It’s THAT time of year again, when we start to think about Christmas and the goodwill that the festive period conjures up.  This Christmas, in particular, is probably more poignant because of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent, imposed lifestyle changes that we’ve all had to make in order to curtail the virus.  Here we give you the Royal Mails Christmas Posting dates – international and UK deadlines.

Some people like to leave their Christmas planning right to the last minute, whilst others start planning midyear!  Whichever path you take, there are some deadlines that can’t be ignored, and Royal Mail postage dates are one of them.

Whether you’re posting a Christmas card to the Caribbean or a parcel to Iceland, we’ve got you covered here with all the latest dates for posting both Internationally and domestically.

Firstly, here are the dates for domestic, UK inland services, if you’re sending a card or parcel through the Royal Mail to a UK address:

Christmas Posting Dates

UK Inland Services


Friday 17th December Royal Mail Bulk Economy
Saturday 18th December 2nd Class, 2nd Class Signed for, Royal Mail 48
Tuesday 21st December 1st Class, 1st Class Signed for, Royal Mail 24, Royal Mail Tracked 48
Wednesday 22nd December Royal Mail Tracked 24
Thursday 23rd December Special Guaranteed Delivery


Christmas Posting Dates

International Economy Services 

Monday 1st November Canada and USA
Friday 26th November Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta and Turkey


Christmas Posting dates

International Standard and International tracking and signature services


Monday 29th November Operational HM Forces
Wednesday 1st December Caribbean
Monday 6th December Static HM Forces, Australia, Greece, Italy, Portugal and New Zealand
Wednesday 8th December Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Far and Middle East
Friday 10th December Cyprus, Malta and Sweden
Saturday 11th December Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia), Turkey,
Monday 13th December Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Poland, USA
Thursday 16th December Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany,  Iceland, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland

 So, if you want to get those special gifts, cards or parcels to your loved ones on time, it’s worth taking a look at the Royal Mail Christmas delivery schedule to ensure that your gift gets there on time!

Bear in mind also, that if you’re shopping online for gifts for your family and friends that live overseas or some distance away in the UK, consideration needs to be taken into account of the delivery schedule of the company you’re buying from.  If you’re wanting your gift to come to you first so that you can wrap it and insert a card, for example, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve got enough time to do this without missing the deadline for posting.

Christmas is a time for goodwill, festivities and bonhomie to all mankind!  This year, more than ever, it seems that people are looking forward to getting together and sharing special moments again, after the isolation of lockdown.  So, with an eye on Christmas Posting Dates – International and UK deadlines, you’ll be able to breathe easy!

If you’re a Company, and you have bulk letters or parcels to send out to customers, prospects or suppliers, you may want to consider a mailing company to do it for you.  Mailing companies have the capability to process and post thousands of items efficiently and effectively.  They can cope with varying sizes of envelope, place up to 7 items in the envelope, can process 7,000 items per hour, can print your envelopes in hand written fonts and can pack your goods also.  This not only saves you time and effort, but is also very cost effective.  Very often, mailing service companies have negotiated special discounted rates with their suppliers, which they offer to their customers.

We are Alpha Response – a fulfilment, printing and mailing company based in Gloucester.  If you’d like any more information about Christmas postage dates or our services, please see our website or give us a call on 03300 563 980