No matter how happy we always are when a holiday season is approaching, we are often caught in last minute arrangements. This is also true for parcel delivery on public holidays. Parcel shipping during the holiday season can be a real challenge. To help you arrange your plans and avoid any possible hassle, we list all bank holidays in the United Kingdom as well as other countries having the same day national holiday.
Courier companies work with all their forces to deliver as many parcels as possible. They are well prepared in advance and take the ever-increasing yearly volume of parcel shipping during the holiday season into account, but we hope that you know that delays are possible.
Courier companies which offer standard courier service follow their schedule regarding the country they operate in. In the case of standard courier services, there is no parcel delivery on bank and public holidays. It means that shipping companies neither collect nor deliver any parcels. Pick-up and deliveries do take place on working days but note that delivery time is always estimated, never guaranteed, and that parcel shipping during the holiday season can easily be prolonged due to various factors. Therefore, it is very important that if you have a parcel shipping during the holiday season, you make it on time. Deliveries have priority over the collection when it comes to the shipping craze around holidays and peak seasons.
Christmas and Easter are the two major holidays of the year. Therefore, delays most often happen during these two periods, as we all buy more and more presents on-line or ship them to our loved ones in other countries. It’s not easy for the courier companies to organize parcel delivery around Christmas and Easter public holidays due to the ever-increasing volume of parcel shipping during the holiday season.
If you would like your presents to be delivered on time ( without delays), make sure you arrange everything in advance (especially when it comes to shopping and packaging) and then ship the parcels as soon as they are ready. One of the crucial things to do is to correctly write the pick-up and delivery addresses. None of the information shall be missing as any tiny mistake can cause delay either in terms of collection or in terms of delivery. And such situations add extra work for courier services as orders have to be re-entered correctly and the pick-up is automatically delayed, which leads to a delayed delivery as well.
One of the important factors we often neglect and can cause delays is the weather itself. It especially applies to December/winter time but is still relevant to any period of the year. The weather forecast can cause that courier services cannot operate on certain days if there are for example heavy snowfalls, blizzards, heavy rain, floods… This is another reason for you to arrange your parcel shipping during the holiday season on time.
Courier services are not overbooked only around Christmas and Easter holidays, peak seasons take their share as well. One of them is of course summer when people go on vacation and ship their suitcases, as well as sports equipment to the holiday destination to avoid dragging them along on buses, trains, planes… and paying high baggage frees.
|Date||Day||Holiday||UK||Other European Countries|
|1 Jan||Wed||New Year's Day||National|
|2 Jan||Thu||New Year Holiday||Scotland||Romania, Slovenia and Switzerland*, Russia, Ukraine.|
|17 Mar||Tue||Saint Patrick's Day||Northern Ireland||Ireland|
|10 Apr||Fri||Good Friday||National||Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France*, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland**.|
|13 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday||National except Scotland||Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain*, Sweden and Switzerland***|
|1 May||Fri||Labour day||------||Germany, Austria, Switzerland*****, Portugal, Spain, Russia, Ukraine, Montenegro, Croatia, Romania, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Greece, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania|
|8 May||Fri||May Day||National||Bulgaria, Ireland and Latvia|
|25 May||Mon||Late May Bank Holiday||National|
|12 Jul||Sun||Battle of the Boyne||Northern Ireland|
|13 Jul||Mon||Battle of the Boyne Holiday||Northern Ireland|
|3 Aug||Mon||August Bank Holiday||Scotland|
|31 Aug||Mon||August Bank Holiday||National except Scotland||Ireland and Spain**|
|30 Nov||Mon||St Andrew's Day||Scotland||Romania|
|25 Dec||Fri||Christmas Day||National||Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland|
|26 Dec||Sat||Boxing Day||National|
|28 Dec||Mon||Boxing Day Holiday||National||Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France*, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain***, Sweden and Switzerland****|
France* – Good Friday and St Stephen’s Day are observed in Alsace and Moselle only.
Spain* – Balearic Islands, Basque Country, Castile-La Mancha, Catalonia, La Rioja, Navarre and Valencia only.
Spain**, – Ceuta only.
Spain*** – Catalonia only.
Switzerland* – AG, BE, FR, GL, JU, LU, OW, SH, TG and VD.
Switzerland** – National except TI and VS.
Switzerland*** – National except NE.
Switzerland**** – National except GE, JU, NE, SO, VS, VD and ZG.
Switzerland***** BL, BS, JU, LU, NE, SH, SO, TG, TI & ZH
Please note that when there is a holiday in Slovenia, there will be no next day pick-up service in any country as our customer support team operates from Slovenia and orders will not be processed.