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Last Royal Mail posting dates for Christmas 2019

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Last Royal Mail posting dates for Christmas 2019

Published at 10:58am 7th November 2019. (Updated at 11:00am 7th November 2019)

When is the last day for posting Christmas presents in 2019?

  • Postal dates for Christmas have been released.
  • We're giving you plenty of warning - with less than 50 days to go until Christmas Day
  • We have all the dates you need to know about for the Christmas post 2019.

There is no need to panic just yet as you have plenty of time, but you might want to start thinking about when to post your Christmas cards and presents this year.

We are not yet in December so there is no rush just yet, but if you want to let your friends and loved ones know you are thinking of them, you might want to know the Christmas postal dates.

The Royal Mail has issued its official recommendations for when to send your letters and parcels to ensure they arrive before Christmas, including first class, second class and special delivery within the UK and beyond.

If you want to send a festive card to that aunty in Australia or a present to a friend in France, stick the following dates on your calendar so you don't miss them. You have been warned!


Monday, 9 December

International Standard to Africa, Asia, Middle East, Far East, Caribbean, Central and South America.


Tuesday, 10 December

International Standard to Cyprus and Malta


Wednesday, 11 December

International Standard to Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia)


Thursday, 12 December

International Standard to Greece, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand


Saturday, 14 December

International Standard to Finland, Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, Canada and USA


Monday, 16 December

International Standard to Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland


Wednesday, 18 December

International Standard to Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

2nd Class

2nd Class for Signed For


Friday, 20 December

1st Class

1st Class Signed For

Royal Mail Tracked 48


Saturday, 21 December

Royal Mail Tracked 24


Monday, 23 December

Special Delivery Guaranteed


The full dates for international posting can be found here.