Royal Mail Christmas Last Posting Dates 2016

Last Recommended Christmas Postage Dates for UK Royal Mail – 2016

royal mail1 Royal Mail Christmas Last Posting Dates 2016If you have cards or presents to send either within the United Kingdom or further afield, these are the 2016 postage dates you need to know to for a pre-Christmas delivery using the Royal Mail.

These dates can never be 100% guaranteed so we recommend to not leave your Christmas posting to the last minute, where possible!

Don’t forget to also check out our list of all the major retailers’ last Christmas posting dates.

Latest Recommended Posting Dates
Services Dates
International Services
International Economy (formerly known as Surface Mail)
Wednesday 28 September All non-European destinations (except Middle East,

South Africa, Far East,the USA and Canada)

Thursday 29 September Middle and Far East (except Hong Kong and Singapore)
Thursday 13 October South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA and Canada
Thursday 3 November Eastern Europe, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Malta and Iceland
Thursday 17 November Western Europe
International Standard (formerly Airmail) and all

International Tracking and Signature Services

(formerly Airsure® and International Signed For®)

Saturday 3 December Africa, Middle East
Wednesday 7 December Cyprus, Asia, Far East (including Japan), Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia), Turkey, Malta
Thursday 8 December Caribbean, Central & South America
Saturday 10 December Greece, Australia, New Zealand
Wednesday 14 December Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland
Thursday 15 December Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA
Friday 16 December Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
Saturday 17 December Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg
Contract Surface Air Lift
Friday 11 November South America, Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Far East, New Zealand, Australia
Friday 18 November USA, Canada, Middle East
International Standard HM Forces Mail -

British Forces Post Office® (BFPO)

Monday 28 November Airmail to Operational BFPOs
Monday 12 December Airmail to Static BFPOs
UK Services
UK Inland Services
Tuesday 20 December 2nd Class and Royal Mail Signed For®
Wednesday 21 December 1st Class and Royal Mail Signed For®
Thursday 22 December Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®
Friday 23 December Special Delivery Saturday Guaranteed
  • Christmas deliveries and collections

    Christmas 2016 and New Year 2017 service dates Business collections between Monday 19 and Saturday 31 December only if booked previously. We won’t be able to offer any ‘one-off’, ‘single’ business collections on Christmas or New Year’s Eve.
    Christmas Eve

    Saturday 24 December

    Normal deliveries and Saturday collections
    Christmas Day

    Sunday 25 December

    No deliveries or collections
    Boxing Day

    Monday 26 December

    No deliveries or collections
    Boxing Day

    Tuesday 27 December

    No deliveries or collections
    Wednesday 28 December Normal deliveries or collections
    Thursday 29 December Normal deliveries and collections
    Friday 30 December Normal deliveries and collections
    New Year’s Eve

    Saturday 31 December

    Normal deliveries and Saturday collections
    New Year’s Day

    Sunday 1 January

    (Bank Holiday)

    No deliveries or collections
    Bank Holiday

    Monday 2 January

    No deliveries or collections
    Bank Holiday in Scotland

    Tuesday 3 January

    Normal deliveries and collections

    No deliveries or collections in Scotland

    Wednesday 4 January Normal deliveries and collections in all areas
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