Whether you are one of the millions of people who do their shopping online for gifts or send Christmas cards to brighten up someone’s festive season, we’re ready to deliver your Christmas.
From last posting dates to Christmas deliveries, you’ll find all your posting needs here with our one–stop shop guide to all things festive!
While we always aim to provide a next day service on 1st Class mail and a three day service for 2nd Class, at this time of year Royal Mail deals with a huge increase in volumes of letters, cards and parcels.
Since 1985, Ofcom and previous regulators have excluded December from the specific normal target requirement for deliveries, in recognition of the vast amount of mail we deal with during the Christmas period. Nonetheless, Royal Mail continues to prioritise 1st Class mail over 2nd Class mail in the normal way.
Our network remains very busy, as seasonal parcel and mail volumes continue to be delivered.
Post Office Supply Chain industrial action
Royal Mail would like to assure its customers they will be able to buy stamps and post letters and parcels and other Royal Mail products at Post Office branches as usual. Post Office branches are well stocked with stamps and we do not anticipate any impact from the industrial action being taken by some members of staff in Post Office's admin and supply chain. No Royal Mail employees are involved.
To beat the Christmas rush, make sure you post before the recommended latest posting date.
Latest Recommended Posting Dates Services Dates International Services International Economy (formerly known as Surface Mail) Monday 29 September Africa (except South Africa), Asia, Australia, Caribbean,
Central & South America, New Zealand
Tuesday 30 September Far and Middle East (except Hong Kong and Singapore) Tuesday 14 October Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa, USA Tuesday 4 November Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta, Turkey Tuesday 18 November Western Europe International Standard (formerly Airmail) and all
International Tracking and Signature Services
(formerly Airsure® and International Signed For®)
Wednesday 3 December Asia, Far East (including Japan), New Zealand Thursday 4 December Australia Friday 5 December Africa, Caribbean, Central & South America, Middle East Monday 8 December Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece Tuesday 9 December Canada, Poland Friday 12 December USA Saturday 13 December Western Europe (excluding Greece, Poland) International Standard HM Forces Mail -
British Forces Post Office® (BFPO)
Friday 28 November Operational BFPOs Friday 12 December Static BFPOs UK Services UK Inland Services Thursday 18 December 2nd Class and Royal Mail Signed For® Saturday 20 December 1st Class and Royal Mail Signed For® Tuesday 23 December Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®
Christmas delivery dates Monday 22 December normal deliveries Tuesday 23 December normal deliveries Christmas Eve
Wednesday 24 December
Thursday 25 December
Friday 26 December
Saturday 27 December normal deliveries Sunday 28 December no deliveries Monday 29 December normal deliveries Tuesday 30 December normal deliveries New Year’s Eve
Wednesday 31 December
New Year’s Day
Thursday 1 January
Friday 2 January
(Bank Holiday in Scotland)
normal deliveries (excluding Scotland) Saturday 3 January normal deliveries
We'll be trying our very best to get all your Christmas post to you as soon as we can. To help us achieve this, we'll be offering you more services over the festive period:
Later opening hours
If you're out when we try to deliver, we've made it easier to collect your post from your local Delivery Office, most of which plan to open later from Monday 8th December. The opening hours will be on your ‘Something for you’ card.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, we’ll be out later in the day and evening to deliver your parcels to you.
More redelivery options
You can arrange redelivery of your Christmas post to your home address, a neighbour's address or your local Post Office®.
If you are going to be closed and want us to hold your mail and not deliver it to you whilst you are away, please apply for a Business Keepsafe™.
Please note there will be no collections or deliveries on Christmas Day - 25th December, Boxing Day - 26th December and New Year’s Day -1st January (also 2nd January if based in Scotland).