3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Mar 2020  
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Visitor arrivals monthly

Statistics on international travel movements of persons arriving in Australia for short term trips (less than 1 year). It is the number of international border crossings rather than the number of people.

The trend estimates have been suspended from February 2020 for all Short-term Visitor Arrivals (STVA) series due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on international travel. For more information, see the end of the Data Quality Issues Appendix under the Explanatory Notes tab.

Key statistics

Visitors arriving in Australia for a short-term trip in March 2020 (original estimates):

  • Decreased 60.3% since the same month the previous year, the largest decrease on record
  • Reported New Zealand as the largest source country, accounting for 15% of all visitor arrivals.


2.1 Visitor arrivals - Original and Seasonally adjusted estimates(a)

Graph: 2.1 Visitor arrivals - Original and Seasonally adjusted estimates(a)
(a) For more information see Explanatory Notes 19-34.


Source countries (original estimates)

The three leading source countries for visitor arrivals to Australia in March 2020 were:

  • New Zealand (48,200 trips)
  • UK (39,400)
  • USA (34,300).


2.2 Visitor arrivals - Top 10 source countries - Original estimates
Graph: 2.2 Visitor arrivals - Top 10 source countries - Original estimates
(a) Includes the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
(b) Excludes SARs & Taiwan.

Among the top ten source countries, there were no annual increases recorded.

The highest annual decreases were recorded for:
  • China (-77.5%)
  • Japan (-75.1%)
  • Malaysia (-68.5%)

2.3 Visitor arrivals - Top 10 source countries(a) - Annual change

Seasonally adjusted
Original
Mar '19 to Mar '20
Country of Residence
'000
'000
% change - original

New Zealand
52.0
48.2
-56.2
UK(b)
29.4
39.4
-46.8
USA
27.2
34.3
-61.5
China(c)
27.8
27.9
-77.5
India
18.2
20.1
-40.8
Japan
10.0
13.3
-75.1
Singapore
13.1
13.0
-66.3
Germany
9.1
11.8
-46.4
Canada
7.2
10.1
-55.4
Malaysia
9.5
9.5
-68.5

(a) Top 10 source countries based on original estimates.
(b) Includes the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
(c) Excludes SARs & Taiwan.

State or territory of stay (original estimates)

All travellers are asked their intended address in Australia upon arrival. State or territory of stay statistics are only available from original estimates as seasonally adjusted and trend estimates are only applied to source countries.

For those who visited Australia in March 2020, compared to the same month of the previous year, there were decreases across all states and territories, the largest being:
  • the Northern Territory with 66.0% fewer visitors
  • New South Wales (-63.5%)
  • Queensland (-62.7%).

2.4 Visitor arrivals, State or territory of stay - Annual change to March 2020 (original estimates)
Map: 2.4 Visitor arrivals, State or territory of stay - Annual change to March 2020 (original estimates)

2.5 Visitor arrivals, State or territory of stay(a) - Annual change to March 2020 (original estimates)

Mar '19
Mar '20
Mar '19 to Mar '20
State or territory of stay
'000
'000
% change - original

NSW
314.0
114.5
-63.5
Vic.
234.4
97.6
-58.4
Qld
166.4
62.1
-62.7
SA
24.7
11.4
-53.8
WA
74.8
35.5
-52.6
Tas.
8.7
4.3
-50.7
NT
4.9
1.7
-66.0
ACT
8.3
4.7
-43.3
Australia(b)
836.3
331.9
-60.3

(a) Only available from original estimates.
(b) Includes Other Territories.