Last posting & delivery dates for Christmas 2021

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.

What’s the last posting date for letters, cards and parcels?

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.

Last posting dates before Christmas 2021

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.

Other Christmas posting info

  • There will be no mail collection on 24th December and no collection or delivery between 25th and 28th December 2021.
  • The International Courier Service is only available at selected Post Offices, so check An Post to find your nearest International Courier Service drop off.

An Post says:

While these are the last dates of posting, this year is like no other and we advise customers to post early.

Christmas last order dates from your favourite stores

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.

Christmas Posting FAQs

How can I make sure my parcel will arrive safely?

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:

  • Proof the item was posted
  • Proof of receipt with a signature
  • Secure delivery
  • Online tracking of Registered Post (depending on the destination)
  • Insurance cover for valuable items
  • Compensation if your item is not received

How much does it cost to send my parcel abroad?

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.

What if my order doesn't arrive in time for Christmas?

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.