Sending post in Austria before Christmas? Here are the dates you should know

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Sending post in Austria before Christmas? Here are the dates you should know
Will your Christmas package arrive on time? Photo: SAMUEL KUBANI / AFP

Amid a stronger than usual demand, Austria Post has warned the public to send their packages on time in order to arrive by Christmas.


In order to get there by December 24th - the post will deliver as normal on December 24th - parcels should be sent by December 21st. 

Letters and cards should be sent by December 22nd, while eco-letters should be sent by Friday, December 18th. 

Post Express items can be sent up to and including the 23rd of December. 

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These dates apply when the sender and the recipient are in Austria. For shipments made abroad, “an earlier posting deadline should be observed”, reports ORF


Coronavirus delays? 

A spokesperson for Austria Post told ORF that the above deadlines apply if things continue as normal regarding the pandemic, i.e. if no unexpected or additional coronavirus restrictions are put in place. 

“This information is subject to corona-related restrictions, which can lead to delivery delays. In the case of Post Express as well as parcel shipments to third countries, special attention must also be paid to the processing time for customs clearance in the respective country of destination,” the spokesperson said. 

Post offices in Austria will be open up to and including the 24th of December. Most locations will only from 9am to midday on the 24th, but some post offices - particularly those in shopping centres - may be open longer, says Austria Post. 

In addition to longer opening hours on Wednesday, October 23rd, deliveries will be made on Saturday, December 19th. 



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