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Latest recommended posting dates Christmas 2023

These are the last dates you need to get post/mail to the UCL Post Room if you want business-critical items to arrive before Christmas.

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 Information for:

  • the latest Christmas business mailing dates including International Airmail and Couriers, Domestic mail, Bulk mailings and HM Forces. 
  • opening times and closure dates for the UCL Mail Room. 

International Airmail

The dates below are the final posting times for Royal Mail's standard international mail and the information is from Royal Mail's Latest Posting Dates for Christmas 2023. Royal Mail will update their website in the event of any service outages or unforeseen circumstances.

Standard International Mail

Wednesday 6th December – Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Australia, Caribbean, China (People’s Republic), Far and Middle East, New Zealand

Thursday 7th December – Cyprus and Malta

Friday 8th December – Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic and Poland), France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA

Tracked and Signature Services

Wednesday 13 December - Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Australia, Bulgaria, Caribbean, China (People’s Republic), Far and Middle East, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain.

Thursday 14 December – Cyprus and Malta.

Friday 15 December – Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Eastern Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA.

HM Forces


British Forces Post Office parcels can be posted free of charge via the UCL Mail Service.

At time of publishing, no final dates were available for "active duty" or "static" locations

International courier dates


Christmas Domestic Couriers update

The cut-off date of guaranteed Christmas delivery is 15 December for international couriers and 17 December for domestic couriers.

Please contact mail services for international courier dates.

Tel: 020 3549 5424 (UCL ext 65424)
Email: postroom@ucl.ac.uk

UK Mail


Thursday 14 December - Royal Mail Bulk Mail Economy, Royal Mail Business Mail (Sorted) Economy.

Monday 18 December - Second Class, & 2nd Class Signed for (Recorded), and Royal Mail 48.

Wednesday, 20 December - 1st Class, 1st Class Royal Mail Business Mail, 1st Class Signed for (Recorded) Royal Mail 24 & tracked 48.

Thursday 21 December - Royal Mail Tracked 24, Royal Mail Publishing Mail Premium (posted by 1am).

Friday 22 December - Special Delivery Guaranteed (For delivery on Saturday, 23 December)

Saturday 23 December - Special Delivery Guaranteed with Sunday Guaranty.

We would appreciate your co-operation in observing the deadlines set by Royal Mail and assist us by posting early for Christmas.

UCL Mail Service Closure dates


The UCL Mail Service will close at 14.00 on Friday 22 December and re-open at 07.00 on Tuesday 3 January.

There will be no access to the Post Room between these dates.

The last collection of departmental post will take place between 11.30 and 13.00 on Thursday 21 December to ensure dispatch on the last working day.

Last bulk mailings


The last collection of departmental post will take place between 11.30 and 13.00 on Friday 22nd December to ensure dispatch on the last working day. After this date no bulk mailings will be accepted without prior consultation with the Mail Services Manager (Kevin Owen Ext 07128/ k.owen@ucl.ac.uk).  

The Post Room expect a very substantial amount of additional mail in the pre-Christmas period, as Departments clear their desks for the seasonal break, creating an increase in demand on the postal service.

May we take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

Personal mail

The UCL postal system is for UCL business only. Any items identified as private items will be retained in the post room and traced back to their owner.