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Still need to send your Christmas cards and gifts to friends and family abroad? Here are the recommended postage dates to reach them on time.

Uncategorised • 16th Dec, 19 • 0 Comments


It may come as a surprise to some, but unfortunately Father Christmas doesn’t really handle your Christmas postage (!) so to help ensure you don’t miss out on posting your cards and gifts in time for the big day, we’ve detailed the last recommended deadlines to send to your nearest and dearest during the festive season.

UK deliveries in time for Christmas

We have found that whilst being more cost-effective, second-class deliveries within the UK especially when franked with Mailmark, tend to travel just as fast as first class mail. However, to be extra cautious, the Royal Mail recommended deadline for second class post is Wednesday 18th December.


If you’re posting first class for UK delivery, then you need to ensure your items reach a post box or post office by Friday 20th December. And for special delivery to UK destinations, you have until Monday 23rd December.


If you have your mail collected, remember to use bags and separate by service if you are sending multiple parcels, and if you are sending a few, separate your mail by class and size, and Royal Mail’s customer collection driver will take care of the rest. For more information, you can refer to our blog on how to get your franked mail ready for posting.


International postage guidelines for Christmas deliveries

It might not too late to send your cards and gifts to some foreign destinations by International Standard (used to be Airmail) – please check the table below:


December Deadline


Saturday 14th

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

Monday 16th

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

Wednesday 18th

Belgium, France, Ireland and Luxembourg


If you do miss out on these recommended dates, Royal Mail cannot guarantee that your deliveries will arrive in time for Christmas, so stay on the safe side and give yourself the best chance by sending your festive mail on time with these guidelines.


Royal Mail bank holidays

The postage service will stop for collections and deliveries on the UK bank holidays of Christmas Day and Boxing day, with normal service resuming on Friday, December 27 through to New Year’s Day when they will stop again until Thursday 2nd January 2020. As 2nd January is also bank holiday in Scotland, there will be no deliveries or collections until Friday 3rd January 2020.


We hope the above information is helpful, and if you’d like your office to become more post and print efficient with reduced costs in 2020, give our friendly team a call on 01925 820 638 or complete our contact form here, and we’ll be more than happy to help.

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