Royal Mail is encouraging customers to post their festive greetings early, and order their online gifts and shopping well in advance, to help its postmen and women deliver the bumper festive mailbag.
Its latest recommended posting dates for mail to arrive in time for Christmas are:
Last posting dates for delivery within the UK:
• 2nd Class Thursday 18th December
• 1st Class Saturday 20th December
• Special Delivery Tuesday 23rd December
Last posting dates for international mail:
• Airmail to Asia, Far East (including Japan), New Zealand: Wednesday 3rd December
• Airmail to Australia: Thursday 4th December
• Airmail to South and Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Middle East: Friday 5th December
• Airmail to Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece: Monday 8th December
• Airmail to Canada and Poland: Tuesday 9th December
• Airmail to USA, International Standard to static BFPOs: Friday 12th December
• Airmail to Western Europe (excluding Greece, Poland): Saturday 13th December
For more details, or to order Christmas stamps, visit Royal Mail’s special Christmas mini-site.