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Posting Christmas presents from Austria? Here’s what you need to know

As we head into another Christmas season impacted by the pandemic, here are the details you need to know when sending post throughout Austria and overseas.

Posting Christmas presents from Austria? Here's what you need to know
Make sure your Christmas gifts make it in time to go under the tree. Photo: Jenna Hamra/Pexels

To make sure a parcel arrives in time for Christmas in Austria, domestic parcels should be posted by December 21st for regular post, or by December 23rd with the express service.

When sending a parcel to another European country the deadline is December 15th.

And for gifts going outside Europe, the deadline is December 13th.

Within Austria, letters and cards should be sent by December 20th for economy post and by December 22nd with priority post. 

READ MORE: Austria’s best Christmas markets for 2021 (and the Covid rules in place)

To send letters and cards to another country in Europe, the economy post deadline is December 12th and for the rest of the world it is December 8th.

A full list of dates and destinations can be found at the Austria Post website.

Post offices in Austria are open during Christmas week from December 20th to December 23rd and the opening hours are 8am to 6pm. On December 24th, all branches are open from 9am to midday. 

Austria Post is warning that Covid-19 restrictions could lead to delays and advises customers to send any post as early as possible to ensure it arrives in time for Christmas.

Sending post to the UK post-Brexit

The UK is no longer a member of the EU, which means an increase in prices when sending some packages, and occasionally a requirement for extra forms.  

The cost of sending a letter to the UK has not changed as the country is considered as “the rest of Europe”.

But parcels have been moved from Zone 1 to Zone 2, so these prices have increased.

For example, before Brexit, it would cost €16.28 to send a 2kg parcel from Austria to the UK. Today it costs €20.58.

Also, parcels need a customs form to be filled out, all Post Express International items being sent to the UK now require a commercial invoice.

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COST OF LIVING

Cost of living: Austria’s postal service announces prices increases

Prices in Austria continue to rise and, this time, mailing letters and parcels will become more expensive. Here is what you need to know.

Cost of living: Austria's postal service announces prices increases

Austria’s postal service Post said business is “difficult” due to “inflation and uncertainty in the energy market”, stating that the package volume has decreased while their operation costs went up.

The state company’s answer to the challenging scenario is to increase parcel prices, and the changes will be valid starting in October.

Starting on October 1st, prices for posting S letters will go up from €0.85 to €1, M letters from €1.35 to €1.40, S packages from €2.75 to €3 and M packages from €4.30 to €4.50.

READ ALSO: Cost of living: Why are petrol prices in Austria still so high?

“The first six months of 2022 posed major challenges for companies, especially in Europe”, Post said, stating that the “COVID-19 pandemic, its countermeasures and the resulting delays in the global value chain were the starting point for what is now a worldwide inflationary trend.”

“The war in Ukraine has exacerbated the price increases for important raw materials and energy sources. These conditions will continue in the second half of the year. There is also a risk that the energy market will remain difficult to predict and gas supplies in parts of Europe will not be secure.”

Rising inflation and staff shortages

Inflation has been rising in Austria, reaching 9.2% in July, with essential items becoming increasingly more expensive.

READ ALSO: Inflation at 9.2% in July: How to beat rising prices in Austria

So far, the wave of inflation has affected chiefly energy and food prices but has now also arrived in the gastronomy sector, with increasing costs in bars and restaurants across the country.

However, as fuel and energy prices soar, people in Austria will see increases in all sectors, including postage services.

Another major challenge in the Austrian economy is labour shortage – and Post is now having difficulty finding new employees, especially drivers and workers for its distribution centres.

READ ALSO: Five of the biggest challenges facing Austria right now

“We have virtually full employment”, Post CEO Georg Pölzl told the daily Der Standard. He said that the company could immediately hire 1,000 people – if they were able to find the workers.

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