Royal Mail recommended last posting dates

3 December, 2021

Christmas 2021 - Last Posting Dates

Want to ensure that your cards and gifts arrive in time for Christmas? Here are the latest recommended posting dates published by Royal Mail for their UK and international services.

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 17th December Royal Mail Bulk Mail 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 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
Wednesday 1st December Caribbean
Monday 6th December Australia, Greece, Italy, New Zealand and Portugal
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 and USA
Thursday 16th December Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland

NOTE: These latest recommended posting dates are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change. Please check for the latest information