Christmas 2021 Latest Posting Times

Christmas 2021 Latest Posting Times

Posted by Kev on 18th Oct 2021

Royal Mail have released their recommended latest Christmas Posting dates for 2021.

At Woolstack we always aim to dispatch your orders quickly - same or next day. We then rely on Royal Mail and others to actually deliver your package safely and quickly to you.

In the lead up to Christmas the postal services come under lots more pressure and we always see many more packages taking longer than normal to arrive.

The good news is that there is no noticeable increase in the number of lost packages (which is a vanishingly small number at all times). We normally notice that the postal services give things an extra push to try and clear everything through before the big day.

However, you can be waiting days longer (or even weeks to some overseas destinations) - not great when you're trying to get things ready for Christmas!

While these are Royal Mail's recommended dates, they don't guarantee delivery - so we always recommend ordering early and not leaving it to the last minute. 

This is especially true at this time while Covid is continuing to disrupt postal services and customs worldwide. If you are in the EU, then Brexit is also leading to much longer delivery times than we were used to in previous years.

Order No Later Than Destination (& Service)
Tue 30 November


Sun 5 December

Australia, Greece, Italy, New Zealand and Portugal

Tue 7 December

Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Far and Middle East

Thur 9 December

Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Malta, Sweden and Turkey

Sun 12 December

Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, and USA

Wed 15 December

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, and Switzerland 

Thur 16 December          UK (Royal Mail 48 / Free Postage)
Mon 20 December

UK (Royal Mail 24 / Royal Mail Tracked 48)

Tue 21 December

UK (Royal Mail Tracked 24)

Wed 22 December

UK - contact us

At risk of repeating, these are recommended last postal dates. Based on our past experience with postal services worldwide, especially this year, some sent on these days will not arrive by Christmas. We will dispatch your order as quickly as we can, but then it's in the hands of Royal Mail, your local postal services and customs.

So, please, don't delay!

Any questions, please just get in contact - email is best. Hope you have a great Christmas!

Links to further information from Royal Mail:

Royal Mail Last Posting Dates

Royal Mail Service Updates

Royal Mail International Incidents