Get ready for Christmas 2020

Last posting dates 2020

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.
Three people in Royal Mail Christmas jumpers

Latest Recommended Posting Dates

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

Buy postage online now


Friday 18 December 2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For
Monday 21 December 1st Class and 1st Class Signed For
and Royal Mail Tracked 48*
Tuesday 22 December Royal Mail Tracked 24*
Wednesday 23 December Special Delivery Guaranteed


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

Sending internationally?

Monday 5 October All non-European destinations
(except South Africa, Canada, Middle
and Far East, USA)
Monday 12 October Middle and Far East, Hong Kong,
Singapore, South Africa
Monday 2 November Canada, Cyprus, Eastern Europe,
Greece, Iceland, Malta, Turkey, USA
Monday 16 November Western Europe


Buy postage online now

Friday 4 December Australia, New Zealand
Wednesday 9 December Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and
South America, Far and Middle East
Thursday 10 December Canada, Cyprus, Malta
Friday 11 December Greece, Eastern Europe
(except Czech Republic, Poland and
Slovakia) and Turkey
Saturday 12 December Czech Republic, Finland,
Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA
Wednesday 16 December Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland,
Netherlands, Norway, Portugal,
Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
Friday 18 December Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg


Buy postage online now

Monday 30 November Airmail to Operational HM Forces
Monday 7 December Airmail to Static HM Forces


Latest recommended posting dates for Christmas (PDFs)

Personal customerspdf, 84.51 KB

Business customerspdf, 93.11 KB

Parcelforce Worldwide

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

Go to

Christmas and New Year deliveries and collections


Date Royal Mail Services
Saturday 19 December Normal deliveries and Saturday collections
Sunday 20 December No deliveries or collections
Monday 21 December Normal deliveries and collections
Tuesday 22 December Normal deliveries and collections
Wednesday 23 December Normal deliveries and collections
Christmas Eve
Thursday 24 December
Normal deliveries, 'Eve' collections
Christmas Day
Friday 25 December
No deliveries or collections
Boxing Day
Saturday 26 December
No deliveries. Saturday collections only
Sunday 27 December No deliveries or collections
Boxing Day Bank Holiday
Monday 28 December
No deliveries or collections
Tuesday 29 December Normal deliveries and collections
Wednesday 30 December Normal deliveries and collections
New Year's Eve
Thursday 31 December
Normal deliveries, 'Eve' collections
New Year's Day
Friday 1 January 2021
No deliveries or collections
Saturday 2 January 2021
Bank Holiday in Scotland
Normal deliveries and collections
(except Scotland where there will be
no deliveries or collections)
Sunday 3 January 2021 No deliveries or collections
Monday 4 January 2021 Normal deliveries and collections


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™
Illustration of a shop Closed sign

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

Buy postage online
Illustration of printer with online postage label
Going further for you this Christmas

Service updates

Information about local service issues
Find out more

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.
Become a Christmas Casual