Get ready for Christmas 2021

Last posting dates 2021

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.
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Latest Recommended Posting Dates

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

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Allow plenty of time for posting.  Please post items and gifts for Christmas early, particularly for International deliveries. Ongoing Covid restrictions, reduced air and freight capacity, high volumes and winter weather conditions are all impacting transportation and local delivery across the globe

Friday 17 December Royal Mail Bulk Mail Economy
Saturday 18 December 2nd Class
2nd Class Signed For
Royal Mail 48®
Tuesday 21 December 1st Class
1st Class Signed For
Royal Mail 24®
Royal Mail Tracked 48®**
Wednesday 22 December Royal Mail Tracked 24®**
Thursday 23 December Special Delivery Guaranteed®

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

Sending internationally?

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


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


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Monday 29 November Airmail to Operational HM Forces
Monday 6 December Airmail to Static HM Forces


Latest recommended posting dates for Christmas (PDFs)

Personal customerspdf, 78.39 KB

Business customerspdf, 89.8 KB


Welsh versions

Personal customerspdf, 134.04 KB

Business customerspdf, 124.84 KB

Parcelforce Worldwide

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Christmas and New Year deliveries and collections

Date Royal Mail Services
Saturday 18 December Normal deliveries and Saturday collections
Sunday 19 December Normal Sunday deliveries and collections
Monday 20 December Normal deliveries and collections
Tuesday 21 December Normal deliveries and collections
Wednesday 22 December Normal deliveries and collections
Thursday 23 December Normal deliveries and collections
Christmas Eve
Friday 24 December
Normal deliveries, ‘Eve’ collections
Christmas Day
Saturday 25 December
No deliveries or collections
Boxing Day
Sunday 26 December
No deliveries or collections
Christmas Day Bank Holiday
Monday 27 December
No deliveries or collections
Boxing Day Bank Holiday
Tuesday 28 December
No deliveries or collections
Wednesday 29 December Normal deliveries and collections
Thursday 30 December Normal deliveries and collections
New Year’s Eve
Friday 31 December
Normal deliveries, ‘Eve' collections
New Year’s Day
Saturday 1 January 2022
No deliveries or collections*
Sunday 2 January 2022 No deliveries or collections
New Year Bank Holiday
Monday 3 January 2022
No deliveries or collections
Tuesday 4 January 2022
Public Holiday in Scotland
Normal deliveries and collections - exception for Scotland

* Confirmed following regulatory approval by Ofcom.

Download the Delivery and Collection calendar for Christmas and New Year

English versionpdf, 79.27 KB

Welsh versionpdf, 113.3 KB

If you're planning on being away for the Christmas period, or if your business is closing for the break, we can take care of your post for you:

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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.

Good Addressing Guide

A handy guide to good addressing and packaging.

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

Save time and print your postage at home

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Going further for you this Christmas

Service updates

Information about local service issues
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Join us this Christmas

It’s one of the busiest times of the year, so we’re always looking for energetic and enthusiastic people to help us out.
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Christmas 2021 Special Stamps

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