Last posting dates before Christmas 2017

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Make sure you know this year's last posting dates before Christmas to be sure your gifts arrive within plenty of time.

Also, it's worth bearing in mind that some post could be affected by bad weather, so the earlier you can get your cards and parcels in the post, the better! Below we have collated all the domestic and international last posting dates before Christmas 2017.

UK last posting dates before Christmas 2017:

UK 2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For: Wednesday 20th December
UK Special Delivery Guaranteed: Thursday 21st December
UK 1st Class and 1st Class Signed For: Thursday 21st December
UK Special Delivery Guaranteed Saturday Delivery: Friday 22nd December

HM Forces mail - (BFPO) last posting dates before Christmas 2017

International Standard to operational HM Forces Mail Monday 27th November
International Standard to static HM Forces Mail Monday 11th December

International Economy last posting dates before Christmas 2017

Australia, New Zealand and all other non-European destinations (except Middle East, South Africa, Far East, USA and Canada) Wednesday 27th September
Middle and Far East (except Hong Kong and Singapore) Thursday 28th September
South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA and Canada Thursday 12th October
Eastern Europe, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Malta and Iceland Thursday 2nd November
Africa, Middle East Thursday 16th November
International Standard to operational HM Forces Mail Monday 27th November


International Standard (airmail) and International tracking signature services posting dates before Christmas 2017:

Africa, Middle East Saturday 2nd December
Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe(except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia) Wednesday 6th December
Caribbean, Central and South America Thursday 7th December
Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand Saturday 9th December
Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland Wednesday 13th December
Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA Thursday 14th December
Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland Friday 15th December
Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg Saturday 16th December

Christmas cards

Christmas stamps, featuring all sorts of festive scenes from the Nativity story, are on sale at Post Office branches and on the Royal Mail's website. They include letter and large letter stamps.

65p 1st class letter: For the majority of Christmas cards (under 100g)
98p 1st class large letter: For large or bulky Christmas cards (under 100g, between these sizes: Length 240-353mm, width 165-250mm, thickness 5-25mm)
56p 2nd class letter: Suitable for the majority of Christmas cards (under 100g)
76p 2nd class large letter: For very large or bulky Christmas cards (under 100g, between these sizes: Length 240-353mm, width 165-250mm, thickness 5-25mm


If you don't know the postcodes of your nearest and dearest, then don't worry - Royal Mail has a handy postcode checker online. All you need to do is type in the first line of an address and it'll generate a postcode for you.


To find out your nearest Post Office branch and its opening hours, visit or ring 0345 611 2970.

Letters to Santa

Did you know that there is a real address for Santa Claus? Download our FREE letter for Santa and let your little ones have a go writing their own letter to Santa.

What postal service should you use?

  • For valuable or last-minute Christmas gifts and cards, Royal Mail's Special Delivery next day service is the best and prices start from £6.45.

  • Airsure postal service takes mail from the UK on the first available flight to 35 countries worldwide. It then receives priority handling abroad and items are electronically tracked on their way to their destination. Prices start at £6 plus airmail postage.

  • International Signed-For means items are signed-for on delivery and receive a quick dispatch from the UK. Prices start at £6 plus airmail (or surface) postage and the service is available to most countries worldwide.

  • Visit Royal Mail's 'delivery options' for a full range of Airsure and International Signed-For postal services.

  • Parcelforce Global Express postal service offers fast, international delivery across the world from next working day, and the Scheduled service takes from 3 working days. It's available to 240 countries worldwide, and are both a good choice if you're sending valuable and treasured items abroad.

  • Global priority (to Europe) and Global economy (rest of the World) are cheaper alternatives, and the best options if you're more bothered about cost than speed.

  • For surface mail latest posting dates, which vary depending on the destination, visit

  • In the UK, Parcelforce 48 delivers within 2 working days, Parcelforce 24 is for next working day delivery, and there are three premium-rate time-guaranteed services: by 9am, by 10am and by noon. Prices vary according to weight

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  • Check on for updates on specific countries, to download postal service prices and for full information about services.
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    janet redwood

    Bless you - thank you. Need to send to Thailand. Kenya and Austrailia. Family peppered around the globe x

    Santa's Elf

    Really helped with the Christmas card sizes, to find out what category of postage they fell into.


    Hi Kim, Thank you very much for letting us know. We have now updated the link so it works now. Best wishes Jenny, Family editor


    The link to Postcode Checker as shown under 'Postcodes' doesn't exist. Try:

    j ainsworth

    the post this year has been poor. we had one card posted 8th Dec. arrived 21st Dec. It had a 1st class stamp on from about 10 miles away. We had no post at all for 4 days 17th-20th dec. then a whole pile came through on 21st many posted over a week ago. We have just received (29th Dec.) two cards posted 0n the 15th Dec. one of which was first class informing us about the death of a family member. not good

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