An Post announces deadlines for sending letters and parcels domestically and abroad this Christmas
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An Post announces deadlines for sending letters and parcels domestically and abroad this Christmas

AN POST has done an incredible job throughout the pandemic.

From delivering essential groceries to organising check-ins with the elderly and vulnerable, they have gone above and beyond to help friends and families stay connected while remaining apart.

Now An Post’s dedicated staff are facing the busiest period of the year. A time when loved ones will be sending packages and letters to those who can’t be with them over Christmas.

Maybe it’s a simply card to someone on the other side of Ireland. Alternatively, it could be a package destined for a family member living abroad.

Whatever the case, An Post has now published the deadlines for handing over these cherished tokens of affection in time to ensure they reach that special someone in time for December 25.

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Here’s everything you need to know.

Republic of Ireland

The deadline for sending letters, packages, registered post and express post domestically is Monday, December 21.

Northern Ireland

In order to guarantee your packages and letters reach Northern Ireland before Christmas Day, senders are advised to post items by Saturday December 19.

United Kingdom

For sending packages and post to the United Kingdom, items must be with An Post by Friday December 18. However, some international courier services are available up until Monday December 21.

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Rest of Europe

If you wish to send a standard letter to any country across Europe in time for Christmas, the deadline is Thursday December 17.

Parcels and other registered and express post must be sent by Saturday December 12 while international courier services are available up until Monday December 21.

America

For sending post parcels Stateside, all items must be sent by Monday December 7 though express delivery is available until Wednesday December 9.

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Standard letters that need to reach recipients by Christmas must go out on Friday December 11.

International courier services are available until Thursday December 17

The Rest of the World

For sending items to countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand and any nations across Asia, Africa or South America the deadline is fast approaching with packages and letters required to go out by Monday December 7. That said, international courier services are available until Thursday December 17.

An Post has been keen to stress the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic could affect these dates, though they are not expected to at this present time.

Customers will be notified of any potential change.