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

This series of feature articles provides detail of overseas traveller movements at the state and territory level. The additional information is provided in the context of the outbreak of COVID-19 which started in China in December 2019.

Visitor arrivals statistics are international travel movements of persons arriving in Australia. It is the number of trips rather than the number of people. All data in this article has used original estimates as trend and seasonally adjusted estimates are not available for all variables being analysed.

Key statistics

Visitors arriving in Queensland for a short-term trip (less than 1 year) in March 2020:

  • Decreased 62.7% since the same month previous year
  • Largest source countries were New Zealand, Japan and UK
  • China had the largest decrease (-82.1%).


Of all arrivals to Queensland travelling on an international student visa in March 2020, there was a:
  • Decrease of 530 students (-6%) compared to the same month in the previous year.


6.1 Visitor arrivals, Qld - Original estimates

Graph: 6.1 Visitor arrivals, Qld - Original estimates


Source countries

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

  • New Zealand (15,100 trips)
  • Japan (5,900)
  • UK (5,800).


6.2 Visitor arrivals, Qld - Top 10 source countries - Original estimates
Graph 6.2: Visitor arrivals. Qld - 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, no annual increases were recorded.

The largest annual decreases were recorded for:
  • China (-82.1%)
  • Japan (-76%)
  • Singapore (-66.8%).


6.3 Visitor arrivals, Qld - Top 10 source countries(a) - Annual change - Original estimates

Mar '20
Mar '19 to Mar '20
Country of Residence
'000
% change

New Zealand
15.1
-53.5
Japan
5.9
-76.0
UK(b)
5.8
-54.2
USA
5.3
-61.1
China(c)
3.7
-82.1
Canada
2.3
-55.5
India
2.1
-50.6
Germany
1.7
-42.7
Singapore
1.6
-66.8
PNG
1.4
-48.1

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


For additional information relating to COVID-19 see the Notes Section.


International Students

The outbreak of COVID-19 which started in China in December 2019, has continued to disrupt the movement of international students this month, due to the introduction of travel restrictions from February 2020. In 2019, China was the largest source country nationally. Educational exports are an important contributor to the Australian economy.

Of all arrivals to Queensland travelling on an international student visa in March 2020, there was a decrease of 530 students (-6%) compared to the same month in the previous year.


The highest numeric increases were for:
  • the Higher Education sector, with 1,050 more students (23%)
  • the Schools sector, with 30 more students (48%)


The highest numeric decreases were for:
  • the Independent ELICOS sector, with 780 fewer students (-54%)
  • the Vocational Education and Training sector, with 590 fewer students (-36%)
  • the Postgraduate Research sector, with 160 fewer students (-36%)


6.4 All visitor arrivals(a), Qld - International Students - Original estimates
Graph 6.4: All visitor arrivals(a), Qld - International Students - Original estimates
(a) Includes short-term (less than 1 year) and long-term (1 year or more) visitor arrivals.
(b) English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students.