3401.0.55.004 - Overseas Travel Statistics, Provisional, May 2020  
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All arrivals - provisional estimates monthly


Provisional statistics on international travel movements of persons arriving in Australia. It is the number of international border crossings rather than the number of people.

Key statistics

All overseas arrivals to Australia in May 2020 (provisional estimates):

• 19,400 estimated trips, 11,100 of these are Australian citizens
• 98.8% decrease compared to the same month last year
• 11.9% of all arrivals were New Zealand citizens, the largest group apart from Australian citizens returning home
• 8.4% of all arrivals were those arriving on permanent skilled visas.


1.1 All arrivals - Australian Citizens - provisional estimates

1.1 All arrivals - Australian Citizens - provisional estimates


1.2 All arrivals - Non-Australian citizens - provisional estimates

1.2 All arrivals - Non-Australian citizens - provisional estimates


All arrivals - by citizenship

The five largest countries of citizenship (excluding Australian) for all arrivals to Australia in May 2020 were:

• New Zealand (2,300), decreasing 98.5% compared to the same month last year
• India (1,300), decreasing 97.9%
• China (620), decreasing 99.5%
• UK (540), decreasing 99.0%
• Pakistan (310), decreasing 92.1%.


1.3 All arrivals - Top 10 Countries of citizenship - provisional estimates(a)

Country of citizenship
May-19
May-20
% change

New Zealand
152,810
2,320
-98.5%
India
62,220
1,310
-97.9%
China(b)
123,570
620
-99.5%
UK(c)
52,270
540
-99.0%
Pakistan
3,900
310
-92.1%
USA
56,840
300
-99.5%
Philippines
23,010
250
-98.9%
Afghanistan
1,300
220
-83.0%
South Africa
5,110
170
-96.7%
Nepal
6,750
150
-97.8%

(a) To confidentialise, estimates have been rounded to the nearest 10.
(b) Excludes SARs & Taiwan.
(c) Includes the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.


All arrivals - by visa group

The three largest visa groups arriving in Australia in May 2020 were:

• Permanent skilled visas (1,600), decreasing 96.2% compared to the same month last year
• Permanent family visas (1,300), decreasing 95.0%
• Permanent other visas (1,200), decreasing 97.8%.


1.4 All arrivals - Visa groups - provisional estimates(a)

Visa Group
May-19
May-20
% change

Permanent Family Visas
25,010
1,260
-95.0%
Permanent Other Visas
55,250
1,190
-97.8%
Permanent Skilled Visas
42,980
1,640
-96.2%
Temporary Other Visas
30,160
940
-96.9%
Temporary Skilled Visas
19,640
190
-99.0%
Temporary Student Visas
36,810
40
-99.9%
Temporary Visitor Visas
457,890
750
-99.8%
Temporary Work Visas
20,720
30
-99.9%

(a) To confidentialise, estimates have been rounded to the nearest 10.


All arrivals - by state or territory of clearance

All international travellers must be processed and cleared by Australia's Border Force via specific seaports or airports around the country. This information provides the state or territory of clearance for each traveller.

For May 2020 when comparing to the same month of the previous year, decreases were recorded for:

• SA (100.0%)
• Tas. (100.0%)
• WA (99.3%)
• Qld (99.3%)
• Vic. (98.6%)
• NSW (98.5%)
• NT (98.4%)
• ACT (93.4%).


1.5 All arrivals - State or Territory of clearance - provisional estimates(a)

State of clearance
May-19
May-20
% change

NSW
642,050
9,750
-98.5%
Vic.
436,940
5,920
-98.6%
Qld
292,120
2,150
-99.3%
SA
39,090
0
-100.0%
WA
163,220
1,170
-99.3%
Tas.
0
0
-100.0%
NT
13,330
210
-98.4%
ACT
3,130
210
-93.4%

(a) To confidentialise, estimates have been rounded to the nearest 10.


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