Last postage dates for Christmas 2018 | Royal Mail Group Ltd

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.

All you need to make this Christmas a cracker

Latest Recommended Posting Dates

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

18 December

  • 2nd Class
  • Royal Mail Signed For® 2nd Class

20 December

  • 1st Class
  • Royal Mail Signed For® 1st Class
  • Royal Mail Tracked 48®*

21 December

  • Royal Mail Tracked 24®*

22 December

  • Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®
*Royal Mail Tracked 24 and Royal Mail Tracked 48 services are unavailable to purchase at Post Office® branches.
Download latest recommended posting dates for Personal customers. English version, Cymraeg More information for Businesses. English version, Cymraeg

Sending internationally?

International Economy
Fri 28 September Australia, New Zealand and all other non-European destinations (except Middle East, South Africa, Far East, USA and Canada)
Sat 29 September Middle and Far East (except Hong Kong and Singapore)
Sat 13 October South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA and Canada
Sat 3 November Eastern Europe, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Malta and Iceland
Sat 17 November Western Europe
International Standard & International tracking and signature services
Tue 4 December Africa, Middle East
Fri 7 December Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia)
Sat 8 December Caribbean, Central and South America
Mon 10 December Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand
Fri 14 December Canada*, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland and USA
Sat 15 December Finland, Sweden
Mon 17 December Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
Tue 18 December Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

*Please see our international incidents bulletin for details

International HM Forces Mail
Mon 26 November Operational HM Forces
Fri 14 December Static HM Forces

Full country list

Download the complete list of last posting dates by country (Cymraeg)

Parcelforce Worldwide

Parcelforce Worldwide has a range of international delivery services to over 225 countries across the world

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Christmas Deliveries and Collections

Last week before Christmas 17 - 23 Dec
Mon 17 December Normal deliveries and collections
Tue 18 December Normal deliveries and collections
Wed 19 December Normal deliveries and collections
Thu 20 December Normal deliveries and collections
Fri 21 December Normal deliveries and collections
Sat 22 December Normal deliveries and Saturday collections
Sun 23 December No deliveries or collections
Christmas Eve - New Year’s Eve 24 - 31 Dec
Mon 24 December - Christmas Eve Normal deliveries, Saturday style collections
Tue 25 December - Christmas Day No deliveries or collections
Wed 26 December - Boxing Day No deliveries or collections
Thu 27 December Normal deliveries and collections
Fri 28 December Normal deliveries and collections
Sat 29 December Normal deliveries and Saturday collections
Sun 30 December No deliveries or collections
Mon 31 December - New Year's Eve Normal deliveries, Saturday style collections
January 2019 1 - 3 Jan
Tue 01 January - New Year's Day No deliveries or collections
Wed 02 January - Bank Holiday in Scotland Normal deliveries and collections No deliveries or collections in Scotland
Thu 03 January Normal deliveries and collections in all areas
Download the Delivery and Collection calendar : English version, Cymraeg Booking a collection at Christmas?

Between Monday 17th and New Year all collections must be previously booked.

Christmas Collections 2018 booking form

We won't be able to offer any 'one-off' or 'single business' collections on Christmas or New Year's Eve.

Closed Shop Sign

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: Get Keepsafe™

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.


Wrapped and ready

Always make sure items are wrapped and packaged properly to avoid damage. For more advice, visit

Christmas letter

Addressing your post

Be sure to use clearly labelled envelopes and always include the postcode and a return address.

Boxes and parcels

Getting the postage right

The amount of postage you pay depends on what you're sending, so check the size and weight of your item before you post. For more advice, visit

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

Letters to Santa should be stamped and addressed to:

Santa/Father Christmas,
Santa's Grotto,

... please also remember to include the full name, address and postcode of the sender, so Father Christmas can reply as quickly as possible.
Letters should be sent to Father Christmas by Friday 7 December, to make sure they get to him in good time for Christmas.

To receive a letter from Santa in Welsh, please write to:

Sion Corn,
Ogof Sion Corn,
Gwlad Y Ceirw,

You can find more information about Letters to Santa at

Christmas Special Stamps

Our Christmas Special Stamps celebrate one of the UK’s best-loved Christmas traditions.

Available in First Class, Second Class, Large Letter and overseas values, the images on this year's stamps were illustrated by Stroud-based artist, Andrew Davidson.

Available now from the Royal Mail shop.


Save time and print your postage at home Buy postage online

Going further for you this Christmas

We know it isn't just Santa who's busy at Christmas, so we try to keep things running as smoothly as possible for you by offering more services.

Postman delivering a parcel at Christmas

Later opening hours

If you’re out when we try to deliver, we’ve made it easier for you to collect your post by extending most of our local Delivery Office opening hours from Monday 26 November. Find your local office.

More redelivery options

If you can't make it to the Delivery Office, you can arrange a redelivery of your Christmas post to your home, a neighbour or even your local Post Office®.

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