3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Apr 2020  
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International student arrivals - Australia - April 2020

This feature article provides detail of overseas traveller movements at the national level for international student arrivals. 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

Of all arrivals to Australia travelling on an international student visa in April 2020, there was a:

  • Decrease of 44,470 students (close to 100%) compared to the same month in the previous year.


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 Australia travelling on an international student visa in April 2020, there were nearly 30, which was a decrease of 44,470 students, compared to the same month in the previous year. This was close to a 100% decrease, as clearly seen in graph 12.1 below.


12.1 All visitor arrivals(a), Aust. - International Students(b) - Original estimates
Graph: 12.1 All visitor arrivals(a), Aust. - International Students(b) - Original estimates
(a) Includes short-term (less than 1 year) and long-term (1 year or more) visitor arrivals.
(b) Anyone travelling on an international student visa whether it be for a short-term or long-term movement. This is not the same as when a traveller self reports 'education' as their main reason for journey, as shown in Table 6 for short-term visitor arrivals under the Download Tab.
(c) English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students.