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Royal Mail shares Christmas delivery deadlines for 2023


Nov 20, 2023

Royal Mail has shared the last posting dates for Christmas in 2023.

The countdown to Christmas has officially started as many households will have already started their shopping and card writing. But for anyone wishing to post any letters or parcels, make sure you check the deadline to avoid missing out.

On its website, Royal Mail says: "Beat the festive rush and get all your letters and parcels in the post on time. Allow plenty of time for posting. Please post items and gifts for Christmas early, particularly for International deliveries."

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It added: "Here you’ll find helpful information to make this Christmas the best one yet, including the latest posting dates, seasonal job opportunities, and how to send your letters and parcels safely with Royal Mail." Reading, Basingstoke, Berkshire

These are the key dates to remember:

Monday, December 18

  • 2nd Class
  • 2nd Class Signed For
  • Royal Mail Tracked 48

Wednesday, December 20

  • 1st Class
  • 1st Class Signed For
  • Royal Mail Tracked 24

Thursday, December 21

  • Special Delivery Guaranteed

Friday, December 22

  • Special Delivery Guaranteed
  • (Guaranteed Saturday delivery
  • for an extra fee)

International Economy using online services:

Friday, November 24

Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta, Turkey

Monday, November 27

Western Europe

International Tracking and Signature using online services

Monday, December 11

Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Australia, Bulgaria, Caribbean, China (People’s Republic), Far and Middle East, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain

Tuesday, December 12

Cyprus and Malta

Wednesday, December 13

Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Eastern Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA

International Standard (Untracked) using online services:

Tuesday, December 5

Africa, Central and South America, Asia,
Australia, Caribbean, China (People’s Republic),
Far and Middle East, New Zealand

Wednesday, December 6

Cyprus and Malta

Thursday, December 7

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic and Poland), France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey

Friday, December 8

Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA

However, it's important to note that the last recommended dates for customers using the post office for international postage may differ and may be a little earlier. For International Tracking and Signature services, dates are December 6, 7 and 8.

For International Standard (Untracked), dates are December 4, 5, 6, and 7. You can check here.

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