Parcel Delivery by Courier on Holidays in 2024

Shipping parcels by courier on public and bank holidays in 2024

Parcel delivery during bank or national holidays can be a challenge without the right shipping partner. Hence the question: do courier companies deliver on public and national holidays? We know how important it is to send and receive a parcel on time before national or bank holidays. To help you out, we have compiled the courier companies international holiday schedule for 2024.

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Courier delivery services for the holiday season

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Shipping in 2024: pick-up and deliveries by couriers on holidays

Discover more about the courier companies’ deliveries on these specific public holidays:



Do couriers such as DPD, DHL, Evri, Parcelforce or UPS deliver on national or bank holidays?

Delivery companies and post offices work around the clock to deliver as many packages as possible before the festive days since most couriers do not collect or deliver any parcels on national or public holidays themselves. However, due to the increase in the number of shipments, the estimated delivery times may be prolonged during these periods.

What about collections, do couriers pick up parcels on national holidays?

When it comes to door-to-door shipment, collections work the same as delivery, but if the courier has parcel lockers or automated drop-off points, it may be possible to drop off your item during the holiday.

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How to make sure your parcel is delivered in time for the holidays?

  • Book the collection 5-7 working days in advance
  • Choose the Priority Express Service for expedited deliveries
  • Double-check that the contact info is correct to avoid issues
  • Have someone present at the delivery address


Courier delivery on public holidays in the UK for 2024

Have you wondered if courier companies such as DHL, DPD or UPS deliver parcels on bank and national holidays in the UK? Check the holidays in which the courier companies will not work in 2024.

1 January
New Year’s Day

2 January
2nd January (Scotland)

18 March
St Patrick’s Day, substitute day (Northern Ireland)

29 March
Good Friday

1 April
Easter Monday (except for Scotland)

6 May
Early May bank holiday

27 May
Spring bank holiday

12 July
Orangemen’s Day (Northern Ireland)

5 August
Summer bank holiday (Scotland)

26 August
Summer Bank Holiday (except for Scotland)

2 December
St Andrew’s Day, substitute day (Scotland)

25 December
Christmas Day

26 December
Boxing Day


Shipping on national and public holidays in 2024 in Europe

Even though many European countries share the same national holidays, there are some festive days specific to every country. Before you schedule the delivery of your parcels, please make sure to check if the date is a public or national holiday on your desired shipping route.

1 January
New Year’s Day

2 January
Day after New Year’s Day

29 March
Good Friday

1 April
Easter Monday

1 May
Labour Day

9 May
Ascension Day

20 May
Whit Monday

15 August
Assumption Day

1 November
All Saints’ Day

25 December
Christmas Day

26 December
Boxing Day


Parcel deliveries on public holidays in the US

Festive periods are the best time to send your regards to someone but be sure to ship your gifts in advance! Check our full courier schedule to see which national holidays UPS, FedEx, DHL and other shipping companies do not perform deliveries or collections.

1 January
New Year’s Day

15 January
Martin Luther King Jr Day

19 February
President’s Day

27 May
Memorial Day

19 June

4 July
Independence Day

2 September
Labor Day

14 October
Columbus Day

11 November
Veterans Day

28 November
Thanksgiving Day

25 December
Christmas Day


Courier companies holiday schedule in Australia

Australia Post, together with other logistics companies, is making quite an effort to have the deliveries completed on time during holiday seasons. Find out all the public holidays that may affect the deliveries by courier in Australia.

1 January
New Year’s Day

26 January
Australia Day

29 March
Good Friday

1 April
Easter Monday

25 April
Anzac Day

25 December
Christmas Day

26 December
Boxing Day


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FAQ about courier parcel deliveries on public and bank holidays

Do post offices work on national or bank holidays?
No, during national or bank holidays, most postal services, such as Royal Mail, are closed and, therefore, do not perform deliveries. Thus, if you need to send a parcel that has to arrive before a specific date, we recommend using our Priority Express Service, where envelopes and packages are delivered within 24-72h worldwide.
How much earlier should I schedule to make sure the courier will be able to deliver my parcel before the holidays?
To avoid any inconvenience, we recommend arranging your parcel delivery at least one week in advance. Check the average transit time calculated during the order process and calculate approximately 5 working days in advance to make sure you have enough flexibility to cover for possible delays.
Is there a lot of variation on the courier companies’ holiday schedule from year to year?
No, the national and bank holidays in which the couriers do not perform deliveries are the same for each year. What differs is the courier holiday schedule for each country/region since each location has its own special dates and celebrations. Please consider the holiday calendar for both pick-up and delivery countries when booking your parcel delivery with us.
Are the collections also delayed during the holidays?
Especially during major holidays such as Christmas and Easter, collections may be delayed because the courier companies give preference to delivering the packages that were already sent. If you require a parcel delivery service and you know there is a national or bank holiday approaching, this is one more reason to schedule your shipping service in advance.
What happens if my parcel cannot be delivered before the holiday?
If there was a delay and the courier could not deliver your parcel on the expected date due to a national or bank holiday, do not worry – it will be delivered in the following working days. Bear in mind that the volume of shipments is very high during holiday seasons, but courier companies do their best to perform all deliveries on time.
Do couriers charge surcharges for deliveries during the peak shipping seasons?
For parcels and bigger loads that require additional handling, some couriers may charge additional fees called "peak season surcharges". However, this is not set in stone, it may vary depending on the year and the courier company responsible for the shipping.
When booking your delivery with us, we will communicate with the courier on your behalf and provide support where needed.
Disclaimer: Take into consideration these courier companies holiday schedules for 2024 however, bear in mind that some countries have additional non-working days. Courier companies do not collect or deliver parcels on national or public holidays, which varies from country to country.