Royal Mail recommended last posting dates

13 November, 2020

Christmas 2020 - Last Posting Dates

Want to ensure that your cards and gifts arrive in time for Christmas?

Royal Mail have published their recommended domestic and international last posting dates for Christmas 2020.

Make sure to check the dates below and post any mail before the recommended posting date, so that it arrives in plenty of time before the big day.


Last Posting Date Service
Friday 18th December Royal Mail 2nd Class & 2nd Class Signed For
Monday 21st December Royal Mail 1st Class, 1st Class Signed For & Royal Mail Tracked 48*
Tuesday 22nd December Royal Mail Tracked 24*
Wednesday 23rd December Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed

*Royal Mail Tracked 24 and Royal Mail Tracked 48 services are not available to purchase at Post Office branches.


Last Posting Date Destination
Monday 5th October All non-European destinations (except South Africa, Canada, Middle and Far East, USA)
Monday 5th October Middle and Far East (except Hong Kong and Singapore)
Monday 12th October South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA, Canada
Monday 2nd November Eastern Europe, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Malta, Iceland
Monday 16th November Western Europe


Last Posting Date Destination
Friday 4th December Australia, New Zealand
Wednesday 9th December Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, Far and Middle East
Thursday 10th December Canada, Cyprus, Malta
Friday 11th December Greece, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia) and Turkey
Saturday 12th December Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA
Wednesday 16th December Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
Friday 18th December Belgium, France, Ireland and Luxembourg