Good afternoon all,


 I trust this edition of Travel Case finds you well and includes the following –

Opening hours reminder

Breaking 'good' News

U.K. quarantine test

Travel between:

  • Sydney & Melbourne
  • Paris – Vancouver
  • Hong Kong & Singapore                                                         
  • IOM & Heathrow
  • Sri Lanka
  • Bournemouth – Europe
  • London - Mumbai                             
  • Boeing 737 MAX
  • Chile
  • Free places to visit during the festive period
And finally –

  • The Annual Quiz 
  • An Interesting Fact
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Our office will be closed between Christmas and New Year, but please email with any enquires you may have.

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U.K. quarantine test

- England will introduce a new system on 15th December allowing passengers arriving from high-risk countries to take a COVID-19 test after five days of quarantine and to be released from any further self-isolation if they test negative.

- Airlines and other companies in the travel and tourism industries had been calling for such a scheme for months, having suffered devastating consequences from a 14-day quarantine rule that has deterred people from travelling.

- "The move will give passengers the confidence to book international trips in the knowledge that they can return home and isolate for a shorter period if they have received a negative test," the government said in a statement.

- The new scheme will be open to all passengers arriving from countries not featured on the government's safe travel list, such as France, Italy, Spain and a number of other major destinations usually favoured by British tourists. 

- People travelling to England by plane, ferry or train from 15th December and wishing to take advantage of the scheme will have to book a test with a private provider from a government-approved list. They will have to pay for their test. Those who decide not to take a test will still be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Travel between Sydney & Melbourne

Flights between Sydney and Melbourne were able to resume last Monday 23rd November, as NSW opened its border to Victoria.

Travel between Paris & Vancouver

Air France will be resuming direct service between Paris and Vancouver with two flights a week starting on the 15th December 2020

Travel between Hong Kong & Singapore

A travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore started on 22nd November, as the two cities move to re-establish overseas travel links and lift the hurdle of quarantine for visiting foreigners.

Travel between IOM & London Heathrow

Flights between the Isle of Man and London Heathrow restarted on the 1st December 2020.

The service, operated by Loganair, has flights leaving Ronaldsway at 6.50 am, and the return flight departing the London airport at 8.50 am. Initially, there won't be a Saturday flight, but services will operate seven days per week over the festive period.

Travel to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka will resume international flights operations from 26th December, eight months after they were closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) said it would be soon issuing directives to the travel industry on the opening of Sri Lanka' 's airspace for commercial and charter flights operations. Sri Lanka's two international airports were closed in mid-March, as the country went into a lockdown. The lockdown was gradually lifted by mid-May.

Bournemouth Airport update

Ryanair is set to resume flights from Bournemouth to five European destinations. The budget airline will fly to Faro, Alicante and Malaga, as well as Krakow and the island of Tenerife from 18th December. Ryanair is also expected to re-launch flights to Dublin, Girona, Malta, Murcia, Palma, Paphos and Prague from March 2021.

London to Mumbai

Vistara will operate flights between Heathrow and Mumbai on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The airline already flies to Delhi on a Sunday and Wednesday from Heathrow T2, a service introduced in August.

The services will be using Vistara's brand-new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, with Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins. 

Boeing 737 MAX

Europe is set to lift its flight ban on the Boeing 737 MAX passenger jetliner in January after U.S. regulators last week ended a 20-month grounding triggered by two fatal crashes. In the United States, commercial flights are scheduled to start on 29th December.


Chile opened its main border crossing and principal airport to foreign visitors on Monday 30th November 2020 after an eight-month pandemic shutdown. Arrivals will have to present evidence of a recent negative test for the new coronavirus as well as health insurance. They'll also have to report their whereabouts and health status for a two-week watch period. Those coming from high-risk countries will have to quarantine for 14 days.

Free places to visit during the festive season

This Christmas will be different from any other Christmas we have ever known, if you are stuck for things to do then one way is to visit a free attraction which, because there are no tourists from abroad, will undoubtedly be a bit quieter than usual. But do spend money in the shops and make the most of any refreshments available. You'll also be helping a sector which has been chronically hit by the pandemic and could do with a bit of extra support. 

1.  Science Museum, London 

There is much to do and see at the Science Museum at the moment. As well as the permanent exhibitions such as Exploring Space, Flight and Engineering Your Future, special free exhibitions include Mathematics: The Winton Gallery – explores the way that mathematics has played in building our world; Brass Steel – discovers the beauty of locomotive engineering; and Fire and Driverless – Who's in Control? – includes self-driving cars, autonomous flying drones and smart underwater vehicles like the Autosub Long Range Boaty McBoatface. 

The Science Museum also has their usual mix of paid-for activities (bookable in advance) including Hubble (3D) – a film narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, exploring the mysteries and grandeur of space and The Equinor Gallery – an interactive experience where you see lightning strike before your eyes, play with forces on giant slides or travel through space under a canopy of stars. 

2. The National Railway Museum, York 

The National Railway Museum is the largest of its kind in the country. It's Great Hall; a former engine shed, houses 300 years of train history including a bullet train, the Rocket – the locomotive that sparked the beginning of the railway age and Queen Victoria's opulent 'Palace on Wheels'. The museum has engineered, in a Covid-secure way, to make the Christmas experience as interactive as possible – the Miniature Railway (£3 per person) is still running on weekdays (10:30-14:30) as is the Mallard Experience steam engine simulator and their pop-up science shows which explore 'the awesome energy of Brussels sprouts and other Christmas magic'.

3.  RAF Museum London and RAF Museum Cosford

The RAF Museum, London, has new innovative galleries which explore the first 100 years of the RAF, its role today and also invites visitors to imagine its future contribution and technology. Other exhibits include WWI in the Air Galleries, Historic Hangars and Bomber Command Hall. Paid-for experiences include a 4-D theatre where you can actually feel like what it is to fly in a Red Arrow, a WWII Mission or even ride on a sleigh with Santa. In January tickets are available for tours of the cockpit of a spitfire.

The RAF also has a smaller Museum in Cosford in Shropshire. Housed in wartime hangars is their fascinating National Cold War Exhibition. You will learn about the bravery of pilots in Test Flight and see the last surviving example of a Boulton Paul Defiant Mk 1 in War in the Air. Covid-secure interactive experiences include the Fun 'n' Flight hands-on gallery and the Black Hawk flight simulator.

Like many other museums, the RAF Museum had to do things a little bit differently during the pandemic, and its website now features a whole host of virtual programs including a recording from the Virtual 75th V.E. Day Festival and the 2020 RAF Museum Virtual Conference.

4.  The Museum of Liverpool

As the name implies the Museum of Liverpool is about everything Liverpudlian! Current exhibitions include 'Blitzed – Liverpool Lives' – Personal accounts bring to life the impact of the Blitz on Liverpool; Liverpool on Wheels – a unique view of Liverpool's social history and Champion One, Champion All – digital portraits from Liverpool's black music scene. Also featured at the museum are special displays about the Jewish, Black and Irish communities who have each played an important contribution to Liverpool's development.

As with every year, the museum has a giant Santa (5m high and 5m circumference) which previously was on display at Blackler's department store (from 1957-1988). There is also an exhibition of recently collected items showing how local people have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Please note that the museum is closed on a Monday and Tuesday. 

5.  Imperial War Museum (IWM), London

The IWM's WWI exhibition looks at the War both on the home and fighting fronts. Each of the 1,300 objects on display, say the museum, 'gives a voice to the people who created them, used them or cared for them, and reveals stories not only of destruction, suffering and loss, but also endurance and innovation, duty and devotion, comradeship and love'. Other exhibits include Turning Points 1934 –1945; Curiosities of War; their award-winning exhibition on The Holocaust as well as stories of bravery in The Lord Ashcroft Gallery. 

There is a special kids' guide to the museum, costing £4, which includes fun facts and activities. IWM also offer private tours of the museum, for a fee (bookable in advance). 

6.  National Museum of Scotland

Permanent exhibitions at the Museum in Edinburgh explore the history of Scotland and the wonders of nature and diverse cultures from around the globe. Highlights include their Scottish Galleries which take you from prehistoric times to the present day. You can see the famous Lewis Chess Pieces from medieval Scotland – as seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, as well as Kingdom of the Scots – the story of Mary Queen of Scots – Scotland's most controversial monarch. You can also 'travel around the world without leaving Scotland' (which is quite useful in these strange times) in the museum's World Cultural Galleries which displays artefacts from some of the museum's oldest collections from around the world and demonstrate Scotland's international links.

To celebrate the year of Coasts and Waters, there is a small exhibition exploring Scotland's diverse sea life and the many threat's facing its marine life.

More information on these and other attractions in the U.K. can be found at 

The National Trust has many outdoor spaces which are open, as well as some of their houses – which are free for members. Look at their website for prices without membership as well as local tier restrictions and booking information. This is the same for English Heritage.

Please always check the Covid rules before you set off.

The Annual Quiz: First correct entry out of the hat on Monday 11th January 2021 is the winner…

1. If you were to time-travel back to West Germany in 1985, where would you find its capital?

a) Berlin

 b) Bonn

 c) Hanover

 d) Stuttgart

2. What's the northernmost capital city in the world?

a) Reykjavik

 b) Helsinki

 c) Tallinn

 d) Nuuk

3. What's the capital of Australia?

a) Sydney

 b) Brisbane

 c) Canberra

 d) Perth

4. What's the capital of Moldova?

a) Skopje

 b) Tirana

 c) Ljubljana

 d) Chișinău

5. Which African country is Asmara the capital of?

a) Eritrea

 b) Sudan

 c) Ethiopia

 d) Burundi

6. Which are the two closest capitals in South America?

7. Which capital has the most Michelin stars?

a) London

 b) Paris

 c) Brussels

 d) Tokyo

8. In which capital city would you find the Rideau Canal, the ByWard Market district and Major's Hill Park?

a) Harare

 b) Washington DC

 c) Ottawa

d) Vienna

9. Which country has the most borders?

 a) China

 b) Russia

 c) Liechtenstein

10. What was the Russian city of St. Petersburg called between 1924 and 1991?

11. How many oceans are there in the world?

12. The now abandoned Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is within which modern-day country?

13. When did the Eurostar train service between Britain and France first start running?

14. If you were cruising on Halong Bay, in which country would you be?

15. What French wine region ends in the letter X?

16. Which is the oldest and largest national park in the USA? 

17. Which American state comes first alphabetically?

18. How many U.S. states are prefixed by the word 'New'? 

20. How many white stripes are there on the United States of America flag?

21. Which is colder: The North Pole or South Pole?

22. Which of these is the biggest in the surface area: Russia, China or the planet Pluto? 

23. For how many centuries has there been a Baldwins Travel Agency?

- Interesting Fact

The 85 characters long Maori name for a hill in Hawke's Bay is the longest place-name found in any English-speaking country. It is, Taumatawhakatangihangaoauauotameteaturipukakapikimaungah-oronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu, which roughly translates as, "the place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as the land-eater, played his nose flute to his loved ones".

As for next year, well It is not going to happen overnight but with the advent of vaccines and hopefully a common travel passport then the business traveller will get travelling. The more they travel, the greater the need for rest so don't forget you can contact us for any holiday requirements you may have…

As ever stay safe and well, thank you for your support and happy Xmas and new year to you all.


Paul Shoosmith
Head Of Corporate Travel
BBTM – Baldwins Business Travel Management
27 Grosvenor Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 2AJ
T: 01892 506452
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