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Royal Mail, Parcel Force: Final posting dates for Christmas 2020


Despite the relaxing of COVID-19 rules this Christmas, a lot of people will still be exercising caution over the festive season, so it's set to be even busier than usual for UK postal services. Up to three households will be allowed to form a Christmas “bubble” over the festive period as coronavirus restrictions are relaxed for five days across the UK. Despite families being able to mix at home, restrictive measures on travel will mean more people than ever will be posting their Christmas presents this year.

While global coronavirus restrictions are expected to remain in place for many countries during the festive season, postal services have urged people across the UK to post early.

The announcements were made to ensure cards and gifts reach family and friends abroad in time.

Here are the last posting dates with Royal Mail for domestic and international destinations for Christmas 2020:


Royal Mail 2nd Class & 2nd Class Signed For –  Friday 18 December
Royal Mail 1st Class & 1st Class Signed For –  Monday 21 December
Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed Parcelforce Worldwide express–  Wednesday 23 December


Royal Mail 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
Royal Mail  International Standard and International tracking and signature services


Friday 4 December Australia and New Zealand
Wednesday 9 December Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, Far and Middle East
Thursday 10 December Canada, Cyprus and Malta
Friday 11 December Greece, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia) and Turkey
Saturday 12 December 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

HM Forces Mail BFPOs

Airmail to Operational BFPOs – Monday 30 November
Airmail to Static BFPOs – Monday 7 December
Here are the last posting dates with Parcel Force for domestic and international destinations for Christmas 2020:


Parcelforce Worldwide –  Tuesday 22 December

Parcelforce Worldwide: Global Express​

Australia – Tuesday 15 December
Russia, New Zealand, China – Wednesday 16 December
Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, USA – Friday 18 December