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All you need to make this Christmas a cracker

Here you’ll find helpful information to make this Christmas the best one yet, including the latest recommended posting dates, seasonal job opportunities, and how to send your letters and parcels safely with Royal Mail.

All you need to make this Christmas a cracker

Latest Recommended Posting Dates

Beat the festive rush and get all your letters and parcels in the post on time.

20 December

  • 2nd Class
  • Royal Mail Signed For® 2nd Class

21 December

  • 1st Class
  • Royal Mail Signed For® 1st Class

21 December

  • Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®

22 December

  • Royal Mail Special Delivery Saturday Guaranteed®
Download latest recommended posting dates for Personal customers. English version, Cymraeg More information for Businesses. English version, Cymraeg
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Sending internationally?

International Economy
Wed 27 September All non-European destinations (except Canada, Far East, Middle East, South Africa and USA)
Thu 28 September Middle and Far East (except Hong Kong and Singapore)
Thu 12 October Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa, USA
Thu 2 November Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta, Turkey
Thu 16 November Western Europe
International Standard and all International Tracking and Signature Services
Sat 2 December Africa, Middle East
Wed 6 December Asia, Cyprus, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia)
Thu 7 December Caribbean, Central and South America
Sat 9 December Australia, Greece, New Zealand, Turkey
Wed 13 December Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland
Thu 14 December Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA
Fri 15 December Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
Sat 16 December Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg
International Standard HM Forces Mail - British Forces Post Office® (BFPO)
Mon 27 November Operational BFPOs
Mon 11 December Static BFPOs

Full country list

Download the complete list of last posting dates by country (Cymraeg)

Parcelforce Worldwide

Parcelforce Worldwide has a range of international delivery services to over 225 countries across the world

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Christmas Deliveries and Collections

Days open for delivery and collection are highlighted in bold

Last week before Christmas 18 - 23 Dec
Mon 18 December Normal deliveries and collections
Tue 19 December Normal deliveries and collections
Wed 20 December Normal deliveries and collections
Thu 21 December Normal deliveries and collections
Fri 22 December Normal deliveries and collections
Sat 23 December Normal deliveries and Saturday collections
Christmas Eve - New Year’s Eve 24 - 31 Dec
Sun 24 December - Christmas Eve No deliveries or collections
Mon 25 December - Christmas Day No deliveries or collections
Tues 26 December - Boxing Day No deliveries or collections
Weds 27 December Normal deliveries and collections
Thu 28 December Normal deliveries and collections
Fri 29 December Normal deliveries and collections
Sat 30 December Normal deliveries and Saturday collections
Sun 31 December - New Year's Eve No collections or deliveries
January 2018 1 - 3 Jan
Mon 01 January - New Year's Day No deliveries or collections
Tues 02 January - Bank Holiday in Scotland Normal deliveries and collections No deliveries or collections in Scotland
Wed 03 January Normal deliveries and collections in all areas
Download the Delivery and Collection calendar : English version, Cymraeg’ Booking a collection at Christmas?

Between Monday 18th and Friday 29th December all collections must be previously booked.

We won't be able to offer any 'one-off' or 'single business' collections on Christmas or New Year's Eve.

Closed Shop Sign

If you're closing up over Christmas, we can take care of your post for you.Get Business Keepsafe™

Preparing your post

Getting your parcels and letters to their destination safely is always our priority, especially at this time of year. Use these handy guides to help you get your items to their destinations safe and sound.


Wrapped and ready

Always make sure items are wrapped and packaged properly to avoid damage. For more advice, visit

Christmas letter

Addressing your post

Be sure to use clearly labelled envelopes and always include the postcode and a return address.

Boxes and parcels

Getting the postage right

The amount of postage you pay depends on what you're sending, so check the size and weight of your item before you post. For more advice, visit

Some goods are restricted or prohibited from being mailed in the UK and internationally. Check before you send to make sure your item is fit for travel at


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Going further for you this Christmas

We know it isn't just Santa who's busy at Christmas, so we try to keep things running as smoothly as possible for you by offering more services.

Postman delivering a parcel at Christmas

Later opening hours

If you’re out when we try to deliver, we’ve made it easier for you to collect your post by extending most of our local Delivery Office opening hours from Monday 27 November. Find your local office.

More redelivery options

If you can't make it to the Delivery Office, you can arrange a redelivery of your Christmas post to your home, a neighbour or even your local Post Office®.

Keeping you updated

Keeping you updated

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