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 now confirmed their last mailing dates for letters and parcels to arrive in time for Christmas 2020.
It’s likely coronavirus restrictions will be in place at home and abroad over the festive season, so there’s even more reason to check final posting dates and ensure timely arrival.
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||19 Dec||18 Dec||17 Dec||11 Dec||7 Dec|
|Standard post parcels||21 Dec||19 Dec||18 Dec||12 Dec||7 Dec||7 Dec|
|Registered post||21 Dec||19 Dec||18 Dec||12 Dec||7 Dec||7 Dec|
|Express post||21 Dec||19 Dec||18 Dec||12 Dec||9 Dec||7 Dec|
|International Courier Service||N/A||N/A||21 Dec||21 Dec||17 Dec||17 Dec|
An Post says:
Last dates of posting for 2020 may be impacted by on-going Covid-19 related events, including for international mail deliveries. Although no changes are foreseen at this time, An Post will endeavour to notify customers of changes as far in advance as is reasonably possible if events change.
We’ve collated the delivery times and prices from your favourite online stores to make sure you get your Christmas shopping delivered in good time.
|Online store||Delivery times||Cost||Other delivery info|
|Amazon||3-6 working days||Free over €20||2 day free delivery for Prime members|
|Argos||5 working days||€4.95||Larger items may take longer|
|Boots||2-3 working days||€5.00||Free delivery over €40|
|Currys||Within 9 working days||€5.99||Larger items €24.99|
|Dunnes||7 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||8-10 working days||€3.95||Express delivery (€9.95)|
|Next||Confirmed at checkout||€3.00||Free delivery over €20|
|Smyths Toys||1-3 working days||€1.99-€6.99||Larger items may take 3-6 days|
|Tesco||Varies||Free grocery delivery for over 65s (€50+ spend)|
Deliveries to remote or rural areas may take longer than the estimated delivery times.
Due to higher than normal demand for home deliveries this year, a number of stores like Currys Amazon & Boots are stating that delivery lead times may be longer than usual.
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.