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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
June 2020
Released
14/07/2020

Key statistics

  • Of the 25,800 estimated arrival trips, 14,100 were by Australian citizens.
  • Arrival trips show a 32.8% increase compared to the previous month.
  • Of the 40,100 estimated departure trips, 7,300 were by Australian citizens.
  • Departure trips show a 13.2% 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 statistics

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

  • 25,800 estimated trips, 14,100 of these are Australian citizens
  • 32.8% increase compared to the previous month and a 98.4% decrease compared to the corresponding month of the previous year
  • 10.6% of all arrivals were New Zealand citizens, the largest group apart from Australian citizens returning home
  • 8.5% of all arrivals were those arriving on permanent skilled visas.
     
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All arrivals - by citizenship

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

  • New Zealand (2,700), increasing 18.0% compared to the previous month
  • India (1,400), increasing 4.6%
  • China (1,200), increasing 92.5%
  • UK (800), increasing 47.9%
  • USA (460), increasing 53.4%.
     

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

Country of citizenshipJun-19May-20Jun-20May-20 to Jun-20 % changeJun-19 to Jun 20 % change
New Zealand144,9702,3202,74018.0%-98.1%
India53,8001,3101,3704.6%-97.5%
China(b)107,0306201,19092.5%-98.9%
UK(c)50,64054080047.9%-98.4%
USA62,00030046053.4%-99.3%
Pakistan4,30031043039.9%-90.0%
South Africa5,87017033098.8%-94.3%
Philippines20,48025029013.0%-98.6%
Afghanistan1,09022025013.6%-76.9%
Nepal5,43015025064.7%-95.4%

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 June 2020 were:

  • Permanent skilled visas (2,200), increasing 33.9% compared to the previous month
  • Temporary other visas (2,100), increasing 120.9%
  • Permanent other visas (1,800), increasing 49.5%.
     

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

Visa GroupJun-19May-20Jun-20May-20 to Jun-20 % changeJun-19 to Jun-20 % change
Permanent Family Visas23,0201,2601,54022.1%-93.3%
Permanent Other Visas52,3401,1901,78049.5%-96.6%
Permanent Skilled Visas40,2101,6402,19033.9%-94.6%
Temporary Other Visas29,3609402,070120.9%-92.9%
Temporary Skilled Visas19,750190190-0.5%-99.1%
Temporary Student Visas47,720406029.5%-99.9%
Temporary Visitor Visas449,1507501,16053.2%-99.7%
Temporary Work Visas19,000304046.2%-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 June 2020 when comparing to the previous month, increases were recorded for:

  • NT (331.9%)
  • Qld (109.9%)
  • WA (50.3%)
  • ACT (42.3%)
  • NSW (19.7%)
  • Vic. (7.5%)
     

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 ClearanceJun-19May-20Jun-20May-20 to Jun-20 % changeJun-19 to Jun-20 % change
NSW609,7009,75011,67019.7%-98.1%
Vic.431,3905,9206,3607.5%-98.5%
Qld299,0702,1504,500109.9%-98.5%
SA41,2900290n.a-99.3%
WA164,7901,1701,76050.3%-98.9%
Tas.000n.a.
NT13,130210890331.9%-93.2%
ACT3,62021030042.3%-91.8%

a. To confidentialise, estimates have been rounded to the nearest 10.
n.a The percentage change could not be calculated because the denominator is zero
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 statistics

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

  • 40,100 estimated trips, 7,300 of these are Australian citizens
  • 13.2% increase compared to the previous month and a 97.8% decrease compared to the corresponding month of the previous year
  • 10.4% of all departures were Chinese citizens
  • 22.2% of all departures were those leaving on temporary other visas.
     
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All departures - by citizenship

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

  • China (4,200), decreasing 0.9% compared to the previous month
  • New Zealand (3,600), increasing 15.3%
  • UK (2,800), decreasing 16.6%
  • India (2,000), increasing 21.9%
  • USA (1,300), increasing 14.9%.
     

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

Country of citizenshipJun-19May-20Jun-20May-20 to Jun-20 % changeJun-19 to Jun-20 % change
China(b)143,6304,2004,160-0.9%-97.1%
New Zealand147,9403,1403,62015.3%-97.6%
UK(c) 54,6303,3802,820-16.6%-94.8%
India50,2801,6502,01021.9%-96.0%
USA62,7701,1501,32014.9%-97.9%
South Korea24,0002,0501,290-37.1%-94.6%
France17,0101,1001,23012.1%-92.8%
Germany14,5201,200990-17.9%-93.2%
Taiwan16,1701,480900-39.0%-94.4%
Hong Kong17,590860780-9.5%-95.6%

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 departures - by visa group

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

  • Temporary other visas (8,900), increasing 69.7% compared to the previous month
  • Temporary student visas (7,500), increasing 36.5%
  • Temporary visitor visas (6,000), decreasing 37.7%.
     

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

Visa GroupJun-19May-20Jun-20May-20 to Jun-20 % changeJun-19 to Jun-20 % change
Permanent Family Visas22,02031043037.6%-98.0%
Permanent Other Visas56,08074093024.8%-98.3%
Permanent Skilled Visas44,60058066012.5%-98.5%
Temporary Other Visas38,7105,2408,89069.7%-77.0%
Temporary Skilled Visas21,4708701,12028.5%-94.8%
Temporary Student Visas118,8305,4607,45036.5%-93.7%
Temporary Visitor Visas430,7309,6506,010-37.7%-98.6%
Temporary Work Visas21,9404,5103,800-15.7%-82.7%

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 June 2020 when comparing to the previous month, increases were recorded for:

  • Qld (80.0%)
  • NT (22.8%)
  • NSW (8.3%)
  • WA (7.4%)
  • Vic. (2.3%).
     

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

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

State of ClearanceJun-19May-20Jun-20May-20 to Jun-20 % changeJun-19 to Jun-20 % change
NSW698,49020,67022,3808.3%-96.8%
Vic.513,1909,1109,3102.3%-98.2%
Qld330,2203,0405,47080.0%-98.3%
SA48,120050n.a-99.9%
WA194,3702,3302,5107.4%-98.7%
Tas.000n.a
NT15,70027033022.8%-97.9%
ACT4,810020n.a-99.6%

a. To confidentialise, estimates have been rounded to the nearest 10.
n.a The percentage change could not be calculated because the denominator is zero
Note: Large percentage changes can be observed due to monthly fluctuations of small numbers
 

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.

This month, 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