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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
May 2020
Released
16/06/2020

Key statistics

  • Of the 19,400 estimated arrival trips, 11,100 were by Australian citizens.
  • Arrival trips show a 98.8% decrease compared to the same month last year.
  • Of the 35,400 estimated departure trips, 5,000 were by Australian citizens.
  • Departure trips show a 97.8% decrease compared to the same month last year.

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.
     
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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 citizenshipMay-19May-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 GroupMay-19May-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 clearanceMay-19May-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.
 

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 May 2020 (provisional estimates):

  • 35,400 estimated trips, 5,000 of these are Australian citizens
  • 97.8% decrease compared to the same month last year
  • 11.8% of all departures were Chinese citizens
  • 27.2% of all departures were those leaving on temporary visitor visas.
     
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All departures - by citizenship

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

  • China (4,200), decreasing 96.6% compared to the same month last year
  • UK (3,400), decreasing 95.1%
  • New Zealand (3,100), decreasing 97.8%
  • South Korea (2,100), decreasing 91.4%
  • India (1,700), decreasing 96.6%.
     

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

Country of citizenshipMay-19May-20% change
China(b)
124,550
4,200
-96.6%
UK(c)
68,600
3,380
-95.1%
New Zealand
145,670
3,140
-97.8%
South Korea
23,840
 2,050
-91.4%
India
48,660
1,650
-96.6%
Taiwan
15,510
1,480
-90.5%
Germany
18,000
1,200
-93.3%
USA
57,010
1,150
-98.0%
France
16,680
1,100
-93.4%
Hong Kong
17,410
860
-95.0%
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 May 2020 were:

  • Temporary visitor visas (9,600), decreasing 97.9% compared to the same month last year
  • Temporary student visas (5,500), decreasing 86.1%
  • Temporary other visas (5,200), decreasing 86.3%.
     

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

Visa GroupMay-19May-20% change
Permanent Family Visas
22,210
 310
-98.6%
Permanent Other Visas
52,380
740
-98.6%
Permanent Skilled Visas
36,830
580
-98.4%
Temporary Other Visas
38,130
5,240
-86.3%
Temporary Skilled Visas
18,530
870
-95.3%
Temporary Student Visas
39,290
5,460
-86.1%
Temporary Visitor Visas
463,200
9,650
-97.9%
Temporary Work Visas
24,250
4,510
-81.4%
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 May 2020 when comparing to the same month of the previous year, decreases were recorded for:

  • SA (100.0%)
  • Tas. (100.0%)
  • ACT (100.0%)
  • Qld (99.0%)
  • WA (98.6%)
  • NT (98.1%)
  • Vic. (98.0%)
  • NSW (96.8%).
     

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

State of clearanceMay-19May-20% change
NSW
655,890
20,670
-96.8%
Vic.
446,280
9,110
-98.0%
Qld
303,360
3,040
-99.0%
SA
43,950
0
-100.0%
WA
168,460
2,330
-98.6%
Tas.
20
0
-100.0%
NT
14,120
270
-98.1%
ACT
4,420
0
-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.

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