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Christmas letters
Posted: 10th Dec 2019

Last year it was estimated that more than 900 million Christmas cards were sent in the UK. But in order to make sure your card gets in on time, the Post Office has issued its latest recommended posting dates before Christmas.

Latest recommended posting dates for Christmas

United Kingdom

  2nd Class 1st Class

Royal Mail
Tracked 24

Royal Mail
Special Delivery
  18 Dec 20 Dec 21 Dec 23 Dec

Popular international destinations


Royal Mail International
Standard and Royal Mail
International tracked and
signature services

Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, Far East and Middle East 9 Dec
Cyprus, Malta
10 Dec
Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia)  11 Dec
Australia, Greece, New Zealand, Turkey  12 Dec
Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA  14 Dec
Central and Western Europe, including; Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland  16 Dec
Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg
 18 Dec


For any destination not listed or for more information please visit the Post Office website

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