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Overseas Travel Statistics, Provisional

Provisional statistics on international travel based on initial border crossings, arriving in and departing from Australia, including tourism trips

Reference period
August 2020
Released
14/09/2020

Key statistics

  • Of the 15,400 estimated trips, 8,800 were by Australian citizens.
  • Arrival trips show a 15.5% decrease compared to the previous month.
  • Of the 60,900 estimated departure trips, 14,300 were by Australian citizens.
  • Departure trips show a 6.8% increase compared to the previous month.

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 findings

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

  • 15,400 estimated trips, 8,800 of these are Australian citizens
  • 15.5% decrease compared to the previous month and a 99.1% decrease compared to the corresponding month of the previous year
  • 7.3% of all arrivals were New Zealand citizens, the largest group apart from Australian citizens returning home
  • 9.1% of all arrivals were those arriving on temporary other visas.
     
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All arrivals - by citizenship

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

  • New Zealand (1,100), decreasing 26.6% compared to the previous month
  • UK (640), increasing 0.8%
  • China (630), increasing 1.8%
  • India (620), increasing 28.0%
  • USA (530), decreasing 4.0%.
     

1.3 All arrivals - top 10 countries of citizenship - provisional estimates(a)

Country of citizenshipAug-19Jul-20Aug-20Jul-20 to Aug-20  % changeAug-19 to Aug-20  % change
New Zealand
163,330
1,540
1,130
-26.6%
-99.3%
UK(b)
62,180
630
640
0.8%
-99.0%
China(c)
153,180
620
630
1.8%
-99.6%
India
53,180
480
620
28.0%
-98.8%
USA
53,970
560
530
-4.0%
-99.0%
Japan
62,750
120
160
34.7%
-99.7%
France
18,820
110
160
39.6%
-99.2%
Malaysia
55,970
290
150
-48.8%
-99.7%
Philippines
19,160
220
150
-32.9%
-99.2%
Singapore
33,690
140
130
-4.4%
-99.6%
a. To confidentialise, estimates have been rounded to the nearest 10.
b. Includes the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man
c. Excludes SARs & Taiwan
 

All arrivals - by visa group

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

  • Temporary other visas (1,400), decreasing 18.5% compared to the previous month
  • Permanent skilled visas (940), decreasing 8.9%
  • Temporary visitor visas (910), increasing 1.4%.
     

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

Visa GroupAug-19Jul-20Aug-20Jul-20 to Aug-20  % changeAug-19 to Aug-20  % change
Permanent Family Visas
24,420
880
880
0.0%
-96.4%
Permanent Other Visas
54,230
1,200
850
-28.8%
-98.4%
Permanent Skilled Visas
41,340
1,030
940
-8.9%
-97.7%
Temporary Other Visas
30,390
1,720
1,400
-18.5%
-95.4%
Temporary Skilled Visas
20,810
270
470
70.7%
-97.8%
Temporary Student Visas
57,860
40
50
20.9%
-99.9%
Temporary Visitor Visas
549,930
900
910
1.4%
-99.8%
Temporary Work Visas
21,200
40
50
27.0%
-99.8%
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 August 2020 when comparing to the previous month, increases were recorded for:

  • SA (197.3%)
  • VIC (169.2%)


Decreases were recorded for:

  • ACT (66.7%)
  • NT (50.5%)
  • QLD (30.9%)
  • WA (25.8%)
  • NSW (13.9%)


Note: Large percentage changes can be observed due to monthly fluctuations of small numbers

1.5 All arrivals - state or territory of clearance - provisional estimates(a)

State of ClearanceAug-19Jul-20Aug-20Jul-20 to Aug-20  % changeAug-19 to Aug-20  % change
NSW
688,480
11,220
9,660
-13.9%
-98.6%
VIC
491,690
30
70
169.2%
-100.0%
QLD
345,460
2,970
2,050
-30.9%
-99.4%
SA
51,170
380
1,120
197.3%
-97.8%
WA
188,580
2,900
2,150
-25.8%
-98.9%
Tas.
0
0
0
-
-
NT
16,160
780
390
-50.5%
-97.6%
ACT
3,410
10
0
-66.7%
-99.9%
a. To confidentialise, estimates have been rounded to the nearest 10.
Note: Large percentage changes can be observed due to monthly fluctuations of small numbers

All departures - provisional estimates monthly

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

Key findings

All overseas departures from Australia in August 2020 (provisional estimates):

  • 60,900 estimated trips, 14,300 of these are Australian citizens
  • 6.8% increase compared to the previous month and a 96.6% decrease compared to the corresponding month of the previous year
  • 15.9% of all departures were Chinese citizens
  • 20.9% of all departures were those leaving on temporary student visas.
     
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All departures - by citizenship

The five largest countries of citizenship (excluding Australian) for all departures from Australia in August 2020 were:

  • China (9,700), increasing 46.5% compared to the previous month
  • India (6,500), increasing 19.1%
  • New Zealand (4,100), increasing 9.0%
  • UK (3,000), decreasing 17.3%
  • Malaysia (1,500), decreasing 32.3%.
     

2.3 All departures - top 10 countries of citizenship - provisional estimates(a)

Country of citizenshipAug-19Jul-20Aug-20Jul-20 to Aug-20  % changeAug-19 to Aug-20  % change
China(b)
158,760
6,610
9,690
46.5%
-93.9%
India
43,680
5,490
6,540
19.1%
-85.0%
New Zealand
162,410
3,790
4,130
9.0%
-97.5%
UK(c)
69,190
3,640
3,010
-17.3%
-95.6%
Malaysia
53,140
2,240
1,520
-32.3%
-97.1%
France
24,040
1,890
1,400
-25.9%
-94.2%
South Korea
31,550
1,420
1,230
-13.4%
-96.1%
USA
59,890
1,490
1,160
-22.3%
-98.1%
Germany
17,500
1,440
990
-31.1%
-94.3%
Sri Lanka
5,520
250
950
287.3%
-82.8%
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.
Note: Large percentage changes can be observed due to monthly fluctuations of small numbers.
 

All departures - by visa group

The three largest visa groups departing from Australia in August 2020 were:

  • Temporary student visas (12,700), increasing 5.0% compared to the previous month
  • Temporary other visas (11,200), decreasing 8.4%
  • Temporary visitor visas (8,300), increasing 28.6%.
     

2.4 All departures - visa groups - provisional estimates(a)

Visa GroupAug-19Jul-20Aug-20Jul-20 to Aug-20  % changeAug-19 to Aug-20  % change
Permanent Family Visas
21,590
670
830
25.2%
-96.1%
Permanent Other Visas
50,800
1,470
1,760
20.0%
-96.5%
Permanent Skilled Visas
39,470
1,130
1,420
26.2%
-96.4%
Temporary Other Visas
39,170
12,270
11,230
-8.4%
-71.3%
Temporary Skilled Visas
19,040
2,020
1,720
-14.7%
-91.0%
Temporary Student Visas
39,680
12,130
12,740
5.0%
-67.9%
Temporary Visitor Visas
596,460
6,440
8,280
28.6%
-98.6%
Temporary Work Visas
20,100
4,940
4,640
-6.0%
-76.9%
a. To confidentialise, estimates have been rounded to the nearest 10.
 

All departures - 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 August 2020 when comparing to the previous month, increases were recorded for:

  • SA (83.2%)
  • QLD (20.1%)
  • VIC (6.6%)
  • NSW (4.6%)
  • NT (3.5%)


Decreases were recorded for:

  • ACT (92.3%)
  • WA (1.9%)
     

2.5 All departures - state or territory of clearance - provisional estimates(a)

State of ClearanceAug-19Jul-20Aug-20Jul-20 to Aug-20  % changeAug-19 to Aug-20  % change
NSW
692,260
30,200
31,580
4.6%
-95.4%
VIC
492,140
14,960
15,940
6.6%
-96.8%
QLD
372,870
6,420
7,710
20.1%
-97.9%
SA
50,180
370
680
83.2%
-98.6%
WA
186,950
4,650
4,560
-1.9%
-97.6%
Tas.
10
0
0
-
-100.0%
NT
15,700
370
380
3.5%
-97.6%
ACT
4,170
30
0
-92.3%
-100.0%
a. To confidentialise, estimates have been rounded to the nearest 10.
 

New publication in response to COVID-19

This is a temporary monthly publication in response to COVID-19 and the heightened interest in traveller data. It provides information 4 weeks earlier than the regular monthly Overseas Arrivals and Departures (OAD)(cat. no. 3401.0) publication.

This publication contains provisional arrivals and departures information for the reference month based on initial border crossings into and out of Australia using the Department of Home Affairs Travel and Immigration Processing System (TRIPS). It contains early information on arrivals and departures, country of citizenship, major visa groups, and state or territory of clearance. Like Overseas Arrivals and Departures, it is the number of international border crossings rather than the number of people. Individuals who travel multiple times in a year are counted each time they cross Australia's borders.

In response to the observed drop in the numbers of movements due to the ongoing travel restrictions, month on month (MOM) comparisons have been included in the publication, in addition to the year on year (YOY) comparisons. Please note that large changes may be observed due to monthly fluctuations of small numbers.

More detailed information including important variables such as state of residence, duration of stay, country of residence and main reason for journey (which can only be sourced later from the passenger card) will be available in the subsequent release of Overseas Arrivals and Departures scheduled for release 6 weeks after the reference month.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) commenced daily situation reports of the COVID-19 outbreak on 21 January 2020 and identified it as an international health emergency on 30 January. This was less than a month after suspected cases were reported in Wuhan, China. The Australian Government placed travel restrictions on those travelling to Australia initially from mainland China commencing 1 February. Other restrictions from other countries soon followed as the crisis worsened around the globe. Currently, all overseas travel is banned, with few exceptions. For more information, see the Smartraveller page from the Australian government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website or the News and Media page at the Australian government Department of Home Affairs website.

 

Data downloads

1. Total movement, arrivals and departures - country of citizenship

2. Total movement, arrivals and departures - visa group

3. Total movement, arrivals and departures - state of clearance

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Previous catalogue number

This release previously used catalogue number 3401.0.55.004