When is the last Christmas post 2020? Last day you can post cards, presents and parcels to the UK and worldwide

Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide have announced their last posting dates for Christmas 2020

Tuesday, 6th October 2020, 3:31 pm

Many people send cards and gifts to loved ones through the post each Christmas, but it’s worth bearing in mind that there will be different cut-off dates, depending on the company you’re using and the service required.

Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide have announced their last posting dates for Christmas 2020.

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Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide have announced their last posting dates for Christmas 2020 (Photo: Shutterstock)
Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide have announced their last posting dates for Christmas 2020 (Photo: Shutterstock)

What are the last posting dates with Royal Mail for the UK?

Friday 18 December - 2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For

Monday 21 December - 1st Class and 1st Class Signed For and Royal Mail Tracked 48

Tuesday 22 December - Royal Mail Tracked 24

Wednesday 23 December - Special Delivery Guaranteed

It’s worth noting that Royal Mail Tracked 24 and Royal Mail Tracked 48 services are not available to purchase at Post Office branches.

What about abroad?

International Economy

Monday 5 October - All non-European destinations (except South Africa, Canada, Middle and Far East, USA)

Monday 12 October - Middle and Far East, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa

Monday 2 November - Canada, Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta, Turkey, USA

Monday 16 November - Western Europe

International Standard & International tracking and signature services

Wednesday 9 December - Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, Far and Middle East

Thursday 10 December - Cyprus, Malta

Friday 11 December - Australia, Greece, Eastern Europe(except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia), New Zealand and Turkey

Saturday 12 December - Canada, Czech Republic, Finland,

Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA

Wednesday 16 December - Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland

Friday 18 December - Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

International HM Forces Mail

Monday 30 November - Airmail to Operational HM Forces

Monday 7 December - Airmail to Static HM Forces

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What are the last posting dates with Parcelforce Worldwide for areas in the UK?

The last posting date over the Christmas period with Parcel Worldwide varies, depending on which service is required.

The last posting date for Parcelforce Worldwide’s Next Day UK services express10, expressAM and express24 is Wednesday 23 December 2020.

However, for Parcelforce’s two day UK services, named express48 and express48large, the latest posting date is Tuesday 22 December

What if I’m posting abroad?

For customers who wish to post abroad to Western Europe, the USA and Canada using the firm’s globalexpress service, parcels must be sent by Friday 18 December.

Those wishing to send post to Eastern Europe and the rest of the world using the globalexpress service will have to do so between Friday 4 December and Friday 18 December.

Parcels going to the Republic of Ireland via the company’s irelandexpress service should be sent by Thursday 17 December in order to arrive time for Christmas.

The 2020 Last Posting Dates are a guide only and may be subject to change, due to the impact of Covid-19. You can check the company’s website for the latest information regarding Christmas postal dates.

What are the depot opening times for Parcelforce Worldwide over Christmas?

These are the depot opening times for Parcelforce over the Christmas and New Year period.

However, Parcelforce explains that its depot drop off and collection services and opening dates may be subject to change due to the impact of the ongoing pandemic. Check the website for further information regarding this.

Wednesday 23 December 2020: Normal Thursday 24 December 2020: Normal, drop off only (no collections) Friday 25 December 2020: Closed Saturday 26 December 2020: Closed Sunday 27 December 2020: Closed Monday 28 December 2020: Closed (Bank Holiday in lieu of Boxing Day) Tuesday 29 December 2020: Normal Wednesday 30 December 2020: Normal Thursday 31 December 2020 : Normal, drop off only (no collections) Friday 1 January 2021: Closed Saturday 2 January 2021: Normal (except Scotland) Sunday 3 January 2021: Closed

For more information and to find your nearest depot, visit the depot finder.

‘We encourage customers to send early ahead of our busiest time of year’

Although Parcelforce Worldwide has announced its last posting dates for Christmas 2020, customers are encouraged to plan to ship their goods as early as possible, in order to ensure all Christmas promises are met and that delivery is guaranteed by Christmas.

Karen Whittingham, Business Strategy & Commercial Director, Parcelforce Worldwide, said, “Christmas Eve falls on a Thursday this year and our drivers will be working hard to deliver every parcel in time for Christmas. We encourage customers to send early ahead of our busiest time of year but we’ve announced our last posting dates to help our customers plan ahead for Christmas.”