Last Posting Dates & Public Holidays for Christmas 2017

The last posting dates for pre-Christmas delivery are now available for all of our mail services. Whether you are mailing to the UK or internationally you will find the relevant last posting dates that we can dispatch mail for pre-Christmas delivery below. Please be aware that these are estimates only and to ensure pre-Christmas delivery, the items should be provided to us for posting at the earliest available opportunity.

You will also find a list of worldwide public holidays for the Christmas period. These you be taken into consideration when referring to the generalised last posting dates for pre-Christmas delivery.

To discuss the posting dates of your mailing in more detail please contact our team on 01444 871111.

Estimated Last Posting Dates for Pre-Christmas Delivery


All Services

Thursday 14th December              Royal Mail Economy Sorted

Tuesday – 19th December            DSA Unsorted

Wednesday – 20th December      DSA Sorted, Royal Mail 2nd Class Unsorted, Royal Mail 2nd Class Sorted and

Wednesday – 20th December      Royal Mail Signed For® 2nd Class

Thursday – 21st December          Royal Mail 1st Class Unsorted, Royal Mail 1st Class Sorted, Royal Mail

Thursday – 21st December          Signed For® 1st Class and Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®

Friday – 22nd December:             Royal Mail Special Delivery Saturday Guaranteed®



Priority Service

Thursday – 30th November          Africa, Middle East

Tuesday – 5th December               Asia, Cyprus, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic,

Tuesday – 5th December               Poland and Slovakia)

Wednesday – 6th December        Caribbean, Central and South America

Thursday – 7th December             Australia, Greece, New Zealand, Turkey

Tuesday – 12th December             Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland

Wednesday – 13th December       Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA

Thursday – 14th December           Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands,

Thursday – 14th December           Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland

Non-Priority Service

Tuesday – 21st November:          Rest of World

Tuesday – 28th November           Rest of Europe, USA & Canada

Wednesday – 6th December        Western Europe


Public Holidays over the Christmas Period

December 1st – Ghana, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Romania, Various (Maulud Nabi)
December 2nd – Brunei, UAE, India (Regional)
December 3rd – Spain (regional), Sri Lanka, UAE

December 4th – Fiji, Laos, New Zealand (regional), Tonga
December 5th – Thailand

December 6th – Ecuador (regional), Finald, Italy (regional), Spain

December 7th – Italy (regional)

December 8th – Albania, Macedonia, Panama, Various (Immaculate Conception Day)

December 9th – Tanzania
December 10th –
December 11th – Malaysia (regional), Thailand

December 12th – Kenya, Mexico

December 13th – Malta, St. Lucia
December 16th – Bahrain, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, South Africa
December 17th – Bahrain, Chile, Kazakhstan

December 18th – India (regional), Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Qatar
December 19th – India (regional), Kazakhstan

December 20th – Macau, Maldives, South Korea
December 22nd – Macau, Nigeria (regional, Zimbabwe
December 23rd – Japan

December 24th – Libya, Various (Christmas Eve)
December 25th – India (regional), Pakistan, Various (Christmas Day)

December 26th – Australia (regional), Greece, India (regional), Indonesia, Slovenia, Various (Boxing Day)
December 27th – Various (Christmas Holiday)

December 30th – Myanmar, Philippines
December 31st – Azerbaijan, Switzerland (regional), Various (New Year’s Eve)

January 1st – Czech Republic, Slovakia, Various (New Year’s Day)
January 2nd – India (regional), Switzerland (regional), Various (New Year’s Holiday)
January 3rd – Russia, Various (New Year’s Holiday)
January 4th – Angola, Myanmar, Russia, Various (New Year’s Holiday)
January 5th – Armenia, Russia
January 6th – Armenia, Iraq (regional), Lebanon, Various (Epiphany)
January 7th – Cambodia, Various (Orthodox Christmas Day)
January 8th – Colombia, Dominican Republic, Japan, Ukraine, Various (Orthodox Christmas Holiday)


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