Royal Mail warns we have six days to post certain Christmas cards and presents

Each year, Royal Mail issues ‘last posting dates’ in the run-up to Christmas, to ensure cards and gifts arrive before the big day.

This year is no different, with the Postal Service urging customers to “beat the festive rush and get all letters and parcels mailed on time.” Royal Mail added: “Allow plenty of time to post. Please send Christmas items and gifts early, especially for international deliveries.”

The dates vary depending on where the recipient lives and the service used to send the items.

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If you’re sending Christmas cards or gifts to anyone in Australia or New Zealand, there are only six days left to do so. The Royal Mail website states that the last dates for international and international tracking and signature services for these two countries are December 1.

There are other dates for other international destinations, such as December 2 for China, and December 8 for Cyprus, Malta, Greece, Eastern Europe (excluding the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia), and Turkey. You can find all recent posting dates here

Royal Mail has made headlines in recent days as staff across the country will walk out on a number of dates over the next month as the row over salaries and terms continues. It is the latest in a series of strikes confirmed by the Communications Workers Union (CWU) last month. Previous strikes occurred in August, September and October.

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