Queen's Baton Relay

Queen’s Baton Relay

The Queen’s Baton:
International Route

The international route spans an impressive 269 days, spending between two and four days in each nation or territory, covering approximately 90,000 miles (140,000 kilometres), with over 7,500 Batonbearers trusted with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to carry the Baton in their community.

The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay will visit all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth yet will travel almost half the distance than the previous Gold Coast Queen’s Baton Relay in a bid to reduce the carbon footprint.

During the visit, each nation and territory will host events and activities that showcase untold stories from Batonbearers, athletes, and young people who are striving for change in their community, as well as showcasing a project that address one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Baton will witness moments of celebration, visit local schools and explore iconic landmarks.

Over the course of the Relay, the Baton will spend Christmas Eve in the Seychelles, will bring in the New Year in the Maldives and will be in Jamaica over the Easter weekend.

Flying out from Birmingham Airport, the first stop on the Relay is Cyprus on 9 October, shortly followed by Malta on 12 October.

Arriving in Africa on 16 October, the Baton will take in the rich cultures of all 19 Commonwealth countries on the continent, as well as a stop on the volcanic island of Saint Helena.

After three days in Pakistan, the Baton will spend New Year’s Day in the Maldives, before visiting Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and spending four days in India between 12-15 January 2022.

The Baton will journey across Southeast Asia, visiting Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam in January, and travelling to the Pacific Islands in February, including a visit to the smallest island in the Commonwealth, Nauru.
New Zealand will host the Baton on Commonwealth Day during a visit from 12 until 15 March, before four days in Australia (17-20 March), hosts of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Baton will spend two months travelling around the Caribbean and Americas, including visits to The Bahamas, Jamaica and Barbados, and reaching the islands of St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines.

From here, the Baton will spend four days in Canada, arriving on 26 May 2022, before visiting Gibraltar.

After stopping off at the Falkland Islands, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man in first three weeks of June, the Relay will have an extended duration of five days in Scotland, four in Northern Ireland, five in Wales and 25 days covering the length and breadth of England.

The global journey will conclude at the Birmingham 2022 Opening Ceremony where the final Batonbearer will return the Baton to Her Majesty The Queen.

Nation / Territory Arrival date
Cyprus 9 October 2021
Malta 12 October 2021
Nigeria 16 October 2021
The Gambia 20 October 2021
Sierra Leone 23 October 2021
Ghana 26 October 2021
Cameroon 29 October 2021
Kenya 2 November 2021
Uganda 5 November 2021
Rwanda 10 November 2021
Tanzania 13 November 2021
Malawi 17 November 2021
Zambia 20 November 2021
Mozambique 23 November 2021
Mauritius 27 November 2021
Botswana 30 November 2021
St Helena 5 December 2021
South Africa 8 December 2021
Namibia 14 December 2021
Eswatini 17 December 2021
Lesotho 20 December 2021
Seychelles 23 December 2021
Pakistan 27 December 2021
Maldives 1 January 2022
Sri Lanka 4 January 2022
Bangladesh 7 January 2022
India 12 January 2022
Singapore 17 January 2022
Malaysia 22 January 2022
Brunei 26 January 2022
Papua New Guinea 30 January 2022
Solomon Islands 2 February 2022
Nauru 5 February 2022
Fiji 13 February 2022
Samoa 16 February 2022
Tonga 19 February 2022
Vanuatu 22 February 2022
Kiribati 25 February 2022
Tuvalu 28 February 2022
Niue 3 March 2022
Cook Islands 6 March 2022
Norfolk Island 9 March 2022
New Zealand 12 March 2022
Australia 17 March 2022
Belize 23 March 2022
Guyana 26 March 2022
Grenada 30 March 2022
The Bahamas 3 April 2022
Turks & Caicos 7 April 2022
Cayman Islands 12 April 2022
Jamaica 15 April 2022
Trinidad & Tobago 19 April 2022
Barbados 23 April 2022
Montserrat 26 April 2022
Dominica 29 April 2022
British Virgin Islands 3 May 2022
St Kitts & Nevis 6 May 2022
Anguilla 9 May 2022
Antigua & Barbuda 13 May 2022
St Lucia 16 May 2022
St Vincent & The Grenadines 19 May 2022
Bermuda 22 May 2022
Canada 26 May 2022
Gibraltar 31 May 2022
Falkland Islands 7 June 2022
Jersey 10 June 2022
Guernsey 13 June 2022
Isle of Man 16 June 2022
Scotland 18 June 2022
Northern Ireland 24 June 2022
Wales 29 June 2022
England 4 July 2022

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