3401.0 - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, May 2020  
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Resident returns monthly

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

For all Short-term Resident Returns (STRR) series, the trend estimates have been suspended from February 2020 and the seasonally adjusted estimates have been suspended from April 2020 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

In May 2020, Australian residents returning from a short-term trip overseas (original estimates):

  • Decreased 98.5% compared to the corresponding month of the previous year
  • Reported a total of 13,380 trips
  • With India as the most popular destination country, accounting for 20% of all those returning.


3.1 Short-term resident returns - Original estimates

Graph: 3.1 Resident returns - Original estimates


Destination countries (original estimates)

The three leading destination countries for Australian residents in May 2020 were:

  • India (2,680 trips)
  • New Zealand (1,380)
  • USA (1,080).


3.2 Short-term resident returns - Top 10 destination countries - Original estimates
Graph: 3.2  Short-term resident returns - Top 10 destination countries - Original estimates
(a) Includes the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
(b) Excludes SARs & Taiwan.


Among the top ten destination countries, there were no increases recorded when compared to the corresponding month of the previous year.

The highest decreases were for:
  • Thailand (-99.3%)
  • USA (-98.9%)
  • Singapore (-98.8%)

3.3 Short-term resident returns - Top 10 destination countries - Change - corresponding month previous year (original estimates)

Original
May '19 to May '20
Country of stay
% change - original

India
2 680
-90.6
New Zealand
1 380
-98.5
USA
1 080
-98.9
UK(a)
1 050
-97.8
China(b)
820
-98.6
Pakistan
660
-76.2
Philippines
330
-98.6
Singapore
320
-98.8
Thailand
310
-99.3
Nepal
250
-92.9

(a) Includes the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
(b) Excludes SARs & Taiwan.


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

    For those residents who returned to Australia in May 2020, compared to the corresponding month of the previous year, there were decreases of over 98% across all states and territories.


    3.4 Resident returns, State or territory of stay - May 2020 - Change - corresponding month previous year (original estimates)
    Map: 3.4 Resident returns, State or territory of residence - Annual change to April 2020 (original estimates)

    3.5 Short-term resident returns, State or territory of residence(a) - Change - corresponding month previous year (original estimates)

    May '19
    May '20
    May '19 to May '20
    State or territory of residence
    % change - original

    NSW
    297 130
    4 990
    -98.3
    Vic.
    228 810
    3 630
    -98.4
    Qld
    159 790
    2 470
    -98.5
    SA
    42 570
    550
    -98.7
    WA
    104 320
    1 290
    -98.8
    Tas.
    10 440
    100
    -99.1
    NT
    6 970
    110
    -98.5
    ACT
    16 170
    250
    -98.5
    Australia(b)
    866 280
    13 380
    -98.5

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