Last post dates Christmas 2022: Royal Mail delivery and collection schedule for festive period amid strikes

Royal Mail is urging people not to post items at the last minute as it prepares for a busy period

Royal Mail has confirmed its last posting dates for Christmas to ensure letters and parcels are delivered in time for 25 December.

Final dates for sending items to some countries abroad are fast approaching, but there is still a while left post to addresses here in the UK.

It comes as the postal service braces for industrial action in December as staff are due to walkout on six days next month. This includes Christmas Eve, which is one of the busiest days of the year for the company.

Communications Workers Union (CWU) members are already planning to strike on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and have now added dates on 9, 11, 14, 15, 23 and 24 December.

Members of the CWU are involved in a long running dispute over pay and conditions and the walkouts follow a recent ballot for strike action which saw around 115,000 union members vote to take action to fight for a “dignified, proper pay rise”. It follows previous strike action in August, September and early November.

A CWU spokesperson said: “The CWU want a negotiated settlement with Royal Mail Group and will continue to engage the company to that end. But those in charge of Royal Mail need to wake up and realise we won’t allow them to destroy the livelihoods of postal workers.”

Royal Mail has confirmed its last posting dates for Christmas (Photo: Getty Images)

Royal Mail has warned that services could be disrupted over the coming weeks, but said it is doing “all we can to minimise any delays”. On days when national strike action is taking place it will deliver as many Special Delivery and Tracked24 parcels as possible, and prioritise the delivery of Covid test kits and medical prescriptions. The postal service will not be delivering letters on these days, with the exception of Special Delivery.

It is recommended that people post items as early as possible in advance of the strike dates, but collections will be less frequent on days when strike action is taking place.

When are the last Christmas posting dates in the UK?

Friday 16 December

  • Royal Mail Bulk Mail Economy

Monday 19 December

  • 2nd Class
  • 2nd Class Signed For
  • Royal Mail 48

Wednesday 21 December

  • 1st Class
  • 1st Class Signed For
  • Royal Mail 24
  • Royal Mail Tracked 48

Thursday 22 December

  • Special Delivery Guaranteed
  • Royal Mail Tracked 24

Friday 23 December

  • Special Delivery Guaranteed with Saturday Guarantee
Royal Mail has warned that services could be disrupted over the coming weeks due to strikes (Photo: Getty Images)

When are the last Christmas posting dates internationally?

International Economy

Friday 25 November

  • Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta, Turkey

Monday 28 November

  • Western Europe

Unfortunately the deadline has already passed for all non-European destinations, other than those listed above, including the USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Africa. However, you can still send parcels via standard delivery at a slightly higher cost to ensure items arrive on time.

International Standard and International tracking and signature services

Thursday 1 December

  • Australia and New Zealand

Friday 2 December

  • China (People’s Republic)

Monday 5 December

  • All remaining Caribbean destinations

Wednesday 7 December

  • Africa, Asia (except China, People’s Republic), Central and South America, Far and Middle East

Thursday 8 December

  • Cyprus and Malta

Friday 9 December

  • Greece, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia) and Turkey

Saturday 10 December

  • Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA

Monday 12 December

  • Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland

Wednesday 14 December

  • Belgium, France, Luxembourg