These are the latest recommended Christmas posting dates for international mail

By Claire Schofield
Thursday, 5th December 2019, 10:28 am
Updated Thursday, 5th December 2019, 1:47 pm
Have you posted your Christmas mail yet? (Photo: Shutterstock)
Have you posted your Christmas mail yet? (Photo: Shutterstock)

The festive period is a busy time and with so much organising to do ahead of the big day, it can be easy to leave some tasks until the last minute - including sorting out your Christmas mail.

If you are planning to send out presents to your nearest and dearest who live abroad, Royal Mail has announced the latest posting dates to ensure your parcels arrive on time.

International posting dates

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    The latest posting dates for cards and gifts apply to both standard international services and those which have tracking and signature.

    These are the recommended dates from Royal Mail for overseas destinations:

    Monday 9 December

    Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, the Far East, and the Middle east.

    Tuesday 10 December

    Cyprus and Malta

    Wednesday 11 December

    Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia)

    Thursday 12 December

    Australia, New Zealand, Greece and Turkey

    Saturday 14 December

    Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Finland, Sweden and the USA

    Monday 16 December

    Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland

    Wednesday 18 December

    Belgium, France, Ireland and Luxembourg

    Royal Mail has announced the latest recommended posting dates to ensure parcels arrive in time for Christmas (Photo: Getty Images)

    Christmas posting dates in the UK

    To ensure all of your letters and parcels arrive in time for Christmas in the UK, Royal Mail recommends posting by the following dates:

    Wednesday 18 December

    2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For

    Friday 20 December

    1st Class and 1st Class Signed For and Royal Mail Tracked 48

    Saturday 21 December

    Royal Mail Tracked 24

    Monday 23 December

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    This article originally appeared on our sister site, Edinburgh Evening News.