Royal Mail announced its latest recommended international posting dates for overseas destinations to ensure mail and parcels arrive in time for Christmas 2020.

With global coronavirus restrictions expected to be in place over the festive season, Royal Mail is encouraging its customers to post early, to ensure their cards and gifts reach family and friends abroad in time.

Customers can also pay for postage online using Royal Mail’s Click & Drop at

The last posting dates are: USA and Canada for Royal Mail’s International Economy service - 2 November. Australia and New Zealand - 4 December. Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central & South America, the Far East, and the Middle East - 9 December. For Canada, Cyprus and Malta - 10 December. Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia), Greece and Turkey - 11 December. Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Finland, Sweden and the USA - 12 December. Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland - 16 December. Belgium, France, Ireland and Luxembourg -18 December.