Last recommended posting dates for Royal Mail, (RM) Christmas 2022 -  including current Industrial Action dates 

Posting Dates - Remember, I usually visit the Post Office (PO)  on a Tuesday and Friday.

I'll continue to do so regardless of RM industrial action because the PO staff are not RM employees

Overseas:

Date                                    Destinations

Friday 7 October               British Virgin Islands, Dominica and Anguilla

Thursday 1 December      Australia and New Zealand

Friday 2 December           China (People’s Republic)

Monday 5 December        All remaining Caribbean destinations

Wednesday 7 December  Africa, Asia (except China, People’s Republic), Central and South America,

                                             Far and Middle East

Thursday 8 December    Cyprus and Malta

Friday 9 December          Greece, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia)

                                           and Turkey

Saturday 10 December  Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA

Monday 12 December    Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway,

                                           Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland

Wednesday 14 December Belgium, France, Luxembourg

HM Forces Mail - British Forces Post Office (BFPO)*

Date                                 Destinations

Monday 28 November  Operational HM Forces

Monday 5 December  Static HM Forces

UK Internal

Date                                       Service

Monday 19 December         2nd Class, 2nd Class Signed For, Royal Mail 48®

Wednesday 21 December    1st Class, 1st Class Signed For, Royal Mail 24®,

                                                 Royal Mail Tracked 48®**

Thursday 22 December       Royal Mail Tracked 24®**

Friday 23 December            Special Delivery Guaranteed®

** Royal Mail Tracked 24® and Royal Mail Tracked 48® are not available to purchase at Post Office® branches.

Industrial action as at 03/10/22 (lifted from the Royal Mail website)

13, 20 and 25 October 2022.

Further dates have also been announced by the CWU for functional strike action which impacts Royal Mail as follows::

Processing, Distribution, International, Collections, Admin:

                 3, 9, 15, 24 November and 1 December 2022

Delivery: 4, 10, 16, 25 November and 2 December 2022

Network: 2, 8, 14, 23, 30 November 2022

On days when strike action is taking place Royal Mail say that they :

Will deliver as many Special Delivery and Tracked24 parcels as possible

Will prioritise the delivery of COVID test kits and medical prescriptions wherever possible

Will not be delivering letters (with the exception of Special Delivery)