Make sure Christmas cards and gifts reach family and friends in time this year. Here’s a rundown of last posting and delivery dates for Ireland and abroad.
An Post has confirmed their last mailing dates for letters and parcels to arrive in time for Christmas 2021.
There’s a possibility that some restrictions may be in place at home and abroad over the festive season, so check final posting dates and send early to ensure your post arrives on time.
Here are those last posting dates for local and international destinations.
|Service||Republic of Ireland||Northern Ireland||Great Britain||Rest of Europe||United States||Rest of World|
|Standard post letters||21 Dec||21 Dec||20 Dec||18 Dec||9 Dec||4 Dec|
|Standard post parcels||21 Dec||21 Dec||20 Dec||13 Dec||9 Dec||4 Dec|
|Registered post||21 Dec||21 Dec||20 Dec||13 Dec||8 Dec||4 Dec|
|Express post||21 Dec||21 Dec||20 Dec||13 Dec||10 Dec||8 Dec|
|International Courier Service||N/A||N/A||20 Dec||20 Dec||16 Dec||16 Dec|
Last Posting dates may be subject to change due to Covid-19.
An Post says:
While these are the last dates of posting, this year is like no other and we advise customers to post early.
We’ve collated the delivery times and prices from your favourite online stores to make sure you get your Christmas gifts delivered in time.
It’s advisable to order early because a number of stores like Currys, Argos & Boots are stating that delivery lead times may be longer than usual due to higher than normal demand.
|Online store||Delivery times||Cost||Other delivery info|
|Amazon||3-5 working days||Free over €20||2 day free delivery for Prime members|
|Argos||Up to 7 working days||€5.95||Larger items may take longer|
|Boots||Within 4 working days||€5.00||Free delivery over €40|
|Currys||Within 9 working days||€6.99||Larger items €24.99|
|Dunnes||2 working days||€3.95||10-15 days for furniture. Free over €50|
|Harvey Norman||5-7 working days||€5.99||Larger items €24.99|
|Marks & Spencer||3-5 working days||€3.95||Free delivery over €50|
|Next||Confirmed at checkout||€3.00||Free delivery over €20|
|Smyths Toys||2-4 working days||€4.99||Larger items may take 3-6 days. Free over €25|
|Tesco||Check booking slots||Priority booking for Delivery Saver customers|
Deliveries to remote or rural areas may take longer than the estimated delivery times.
If you’re posting a valuable or important parcel or letter, An Post’s Registered Post service can give you peace of mind.
If you use the Registered Post service, you will get:
The price you pay will depend on the size and weight of your post, where you send it in the world and what service level you choose.
An Post has a handy postage calculator that can help you work out how much your letter, packet or parcel will cost to send internationally.
If your order is not delivered, you need to take it up with the retailer rather than the delivery company. The retailer is responsible for the parcel until it is delivered to you.
You have the right to cancel your order and claim your money back up to 14 days starting from the date you received your item or before.
Alternatively, if you paid by debit or credit card, you can claim on your card issuer’s chargeback scheme. If you paid with PayPal you can raise a dispute via PayPal Buyer Protection. Check out Your refund rights in Ireland for further information about your options.