Christmas postage tips – get your post out on time

28 November 2013

Royal Mail Christmas postage dates:

International Airmail and International Signed For

Wednesday 4 December – Asia, Far East (including Japan), New Zealand

Thursday 5 December – Australia

Friday 6 December – Africa, Caribbean, Central & South America, Middle East

Monday 9 December – Cyprus, Eastern Europe

Tuesday 10 December – Canada, France, Greece, Poland

Friday 13 December – USA

Saturday 14 December – Western Europe (excluding France, Greece, Poland)

HM Forces Mail – British Forces Post Office (BFPO)

Friday 29 November – Airmail to Operational BFPOs

Friday 13 December – Airmail to Static BFPOs

UK Services – Inland Services

Wednesday 18 December – 2nd Class and Royal Mail Signed For™

Friday 20 December – 1st Class and Royal Mail Signed For™

Monday 23 December – Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed™

Christmas Stamps

Don’t forget to make your mail even more festive with Christmas stamps, including the two winning designs from the royal mail’s Christmas Stamp Design Competition for 4 -11 year-olds and also the 2013 official 2013 Christmas stamp set all available from your local post office or the royal mail website.


If you don’t know the postcodes of your nearest and dearest, then don’t worry – Royal Mail has a handy postcode checker online. All you need to do is type in the first line of an address and it’ll generate a postcode for you.


To find out your nearest Post Office branch and its opening hours, visit or ring 08457 22 33 44.

Postal savings

Last but not least if you’re regularly sending up to 20 items of post per day you could make big savings by switching from stamps to franking. Franking typically saves 17p on every second class letter, 13p on every first class letter and much more across the range of postal options. Check out our switch to franking page to find out more and see how much you could save on our postage calculator.

For more information about how you can switch to franking and save money this Christmas call us on 0800 0192 033 or have a look through out website.

Have a great Christmas!



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