Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Cutoff Dates for December 25

If you're shipping holiday cards and gifts for Hanukkah (Nov. 28–Dec. 6), Christmas (Dec. 25), Kwanzaa (Dec. 26–Jan. 1), or other holiday traditions, find the USPS® recommended domestic, international, and military deadlines in these tables. The earlier you send, the better: Don’t delay, mail and ship today!

  1. Check recommended shipping dates below.
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  3. Print shipping labels.
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2021 Holiday Shipping Dates for Contiguous U.S. (Lower 48 States)

Recommended send-by dates for expected delivery before December 251

2021 Holiday Shipping Dates for Alaska & Hawaii

Recommended send-by dates for expected delivery before December 251

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  First-Class Mail® Service Priority Mail® Service Priority Mail Express® Service USPS Retail Ground® Service
Alaska

Dec. 18

Dec. 18

Dec. 21

Dec. 2

Hawaii

Dec. 17

Dec. 17

Dec. 21

N/A

1Actual delivery date may vary depending on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance date and time and other conditions, including customs delays.
2For Priority Mail Express shipments mailed December 22 through December 25, the money-back guarantee applies only if the shipment was not delivered or delivery was not attempted within 2 business days. See DMM® Section 604.9.2.

2021 Holiday Shipping Dates for International Mail

Recommended send-by dates for expected delivery before December 251

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Destination First-Class Package International Service® Priority Mail International® Service Priority Mail Express International® Service Global Express Guaranteed® Service3
Africa

Nov. 29

Nov. 29

Dec. 6

Dec. 20

Asia/Pacific Rim

Dec. 6

Dec. 6

Dec. 13

Dec. 20

Australia/New Zealand

Dec. 6

Dec. 6

Dec. 13

Dec. 20

Canada

Dec. 6

Dec. 6

Dec. 13

Dec. 22

Caribbean

Dec. 6

Dec. 6

Dec. 13

Dec. 21

Central & South America

Nov. 29

Nov. 29

Dec. 6

Dec. 20

Europe

Dec. 6

Dec. 6

Dec. 13

Dec. 21

Mexico

Dec. 6

Dec. 6

Dec. 13

Dec. 22

Middle East

Dec. 6

Dec. 6

Dec. 13

Dec. 20

3GXG® Notes: Not a guarantee, unless otherwise noted. Dates are for estimated delivery before December 25. Actual delivery date may vary depending on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance date and time and other conditions, including customs delays. Some restrictions apply.

2021 Holiday Shipping Dates for Military Mail

Recommended send-by dates for expected delivery before December 251

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Addressed to USPS Retail Ground® Service Space Available Mail (SAM) Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) First-Class Mail® Service Priority Mail® Service Priority Mail Express Military® Service (PMEMS)4
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 090-092

Nov. 6

Services no longer available

Service no longer available

Service no longer available

Dec. 9

Dec. 9

Dec. 16

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 093

Nov. 6

Service no longer available

Service no longer available

Dec. 9

Dec. 9

N/A

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 094-099

Nov. 6

Service no longer available

Service no longer available

Dec. 9

Dec. 9

Dec. 16

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 340

Nov. 6

Service no longer available

Service no longer available

Dec. 9

Dec. 9

Dec. 16

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 962-966

Nov. 6

Service no longer available

Service no longer available

Dec. 9

Dec. 9

Dec. 16

4 PMEMS is available to selected military/diplomatic Post Offices. Check with your local Post Office to determine if this service is available to an APO/FPO/DPO address.