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Royal Mail announces last International Mail posting dates for Christmas

Royal Mail has confirmed the last International Mail posting dates for Christmas but is urging everyone to send your parcels in plenty of time this year.

Image Of Royal Mail Family Receives Mail
Image credit: Royal Mail

The posting dates have been confirmed for International Standard mail, as well as International tracking and signature services. Take a look at the dates below:


Latest Recommended Posting Date


Monday 2 November: USA, Canada


Latest Recommended Posting Date


Friday 4 December: Australia, New Zealand

Wednesday 9 December: Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central & South America, Far East, Middle East

Thursday 10 December: Canada, Cyprus, Malta

Friday 11 December: Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia), Greece, Turkey

Saturday 12 December: Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Finland, Sweden, USA

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

Friday 18 December: Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg


Thursday 30 November: Operational BFPOs

Thursday 7 December: Static BFPOs

Andy Pickering, Royal Mail, International Network Director, said: ‘We want to make sure that our customers get the best value service to reach right across the globe when sending parcels and cards to family and friends. We have spent a great deal of time working with our overseas partners to provide the best network we can. We know what this time of the year means to people, especially during these unprecedented times, when international travel has been so restricted.’

Due to the global pandemic it is highly recommended all parcels, letters etc are posted in enough time. ParcelForce also announced the recommended last posting dates for Christmas.