Last UK Posting Dates for Christmas 2021

Don’t miss the last posting dates for your cards and presents – here are the dates you need to know for Christmas 2021!

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Once you’ve made or bought and written your cards and wrapped your Christmas gifts, you might need a little help from the Royal Mail to get them to their destination.

So here are the last posting dates for UK delivery as well as selected overseas services.

Covid-19 restrictions and reduced shipping capacity are affecting delivery times around the world, so do allow plenty of time for posting your cards and gifts. Try to get them in the post ahead of the dates below, especially if you’re sending them overseas.

Last Posting Dates for UK Delivery

  • 17th December 2021 – Royal Mail Bulk Mail Economy
  • 18th December 2021 – 2nd Class, 2nd Class Signed For, Royal Mail 48®
  • 21st December 2021 – 1st Class, 1st Class Signed For, Royal Mail 24®, Royal Mail Tracked 48®**
  • 22nd December 2021 – Royal Mail Tracked 24®**
  • 23rd December 2021 – Special Delivery Guaranteed®

International HM Forces Mail

  • 19th November 2021 – Airmail to Operational HM Forces
  • 6th December 2021 – Airmail to Static HM Forces

Last posting dates for International Economy services

  • 13th September 2021 – All non-European destinations (except South Africa, Canada, Middle and Far East, USA)
  • 15th October 2021 – Middle and Far East, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa
  • 1st November 2021 – Canada and USA
  • 26th November 2021 – Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta, Turkey
  • 29th November 2021 – Western Europe

International standard, tracked and signature services

  • 1st December 2021 – Caribbean
  • 6th December 2021 – Australia and New Zealand
  • 8th December 2021 – Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Far and Middle East
  • 10th December 2021 – Cyprus and Malta
  • 11th December 2021 – Greece, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia), Turkey
  • 13th December 2021 – Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA
  • 16th December 2021 – Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
  • 18th December 2021 – Belgium, France, Luxembourg

You can find more information about posting services and dates on the Royal Mail website.

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