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Last posting dates for Christmas

You've done all the hard work of writing all your favourite people. Wrapped up loads of fantastic prezzies. So, let's make sure you get them sent out in time and avoid any disappointment.

The Post Office and Royal Mail have done a fantastic job this year but with potential industrial action in December by Royal Mail workers, then we certainly recommend sending Christmas Cards and Gifts nice and early to make sure they arrive in plenty of time of the big day.

See our comprehensive list of last Royal Mail posting dates for sending Christmas Cards and Gifts below, for both within the UK and abroad. If you are looking for Penny Black Christmas cut off times for orders please see our regularly updated Delivery Policy.

You can find your local Post Office branch with this helpful finder here.

Royal Mail's last posting dates for Christmas 2022 in the UK

Monday 19 December 2nd Class
Wednesday 21 December 1st Class
Thursday 22 December Special Delivery Guaranteed
Friday 23 December Special Delivery Guaranteed with Saturday Guarantee


Last Christmas 2022 dates posting abroad by International Standard & International tracking and signature services

Friday 7 October British Virgin Islands, Dominica
and Anguilla
Thursday 1 December Australia and New Zealand
Friday 2 December China (People's Republic)
Monday 5 December All remaining Caribbean
Wednesday 7 December Africa, Asia (except China,
People's Republic), Central
and South America, Far and
Middle East
Thursday 8 December Cyprus and Malta
Friday 9 December Greece, Eastern Europe
(except Czech Republic, Poland
and Slovakia) and Turkey
Saturday 10 December Canada, Czech Republic, Finland,
Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA
Monday 12 December Austria, Denmark, Germany,
Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands,
Norway, Portugal, Slovakia,
Spain, Switzerland
Wednesday 14 December Belgium, France, Luxembourg


Royal Mail recently updated their international last recommended posting dates and it is possible there could be further changes, so posting your Christmas Gifts and Christmas Cards early is the best plan.

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