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Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia

Statistics on international travel, including tourism trips, arriving in and departing from Australia. Focusing on short-term trips (less than 1 year)

Reference period
December 2019
Released
18/02/2020

Key statistics

  • Overseas visitor arrivals rose 0.3% since the previous month to 797,200.
  • Australia resident returns rose 0.6% since the previous month to 975,300.
  • Overseas visitor arrivals rose 2.6% since the same month previous year.
  • Australian resident returns rose 4.3% since the same month previous year.

Overseas arrivals and departures statistics are international travel movements of persons arriving in, and departing from Australia with a focus on short term trips (less than 1 year). It is the number of international border crossings rather than the number of people.

December 2019 trend estimates for short-term trips:

  • Overseas visitor arrivals to Australia increased 0.3% since the previous month to 797,200 trips
  • Australian resident returns from overseas increased 0.6% since the previous month to 975,300 trips.
     
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1.3 Monthly and annual change

  Dec '19Nov '19 to Dec '19Dec '18 to Dec '19
  '000% change% change
Visitor arrivals — short-term trips   
 Trend
797.2
0.3
2.6
 Seasonally adjusted
801.8
0.9
..
 Original
1 077.7
..
..
Resident returns — short-term trips   
 Trend
975.3
0.6
4.3
 Seasonally adjusted
973.4
0.0
..
 Original
749.7
..
..
.. not applicable
 

Visitor arrivals monthly

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

Key statistics

Visitors arriving in Australia for a short-term trip in December 2019 (trend estimates):

  • Increased 0.3% since the previous month to 797,200 trips
  • Increased 2.6% since the same month previous year
  • Reported New Zealand as the largest source country, accounting for 15% of all visitor arrivals.
     
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  1. For more information see the Methodology 19-32. For breaks in trend series see the Methodology 30-31.
     

Source countries (trend estimates)

The three leading source countries for visitor arrivals to Australia in December 2019 were:

  • New Zealand (121,200 trips)
  • China (119,200)
  • USA (67,300).
     
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  1. Excludes SARs & Taiwan.
  2. Includes the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
     

Among the top ten source countries, the highest annual increases were recorded for:

  • India (16.3%)
  • South Korea (6.2%)
  • Japan (4.6%).
     

The highest annual decreases were recorded for:

  • USA (-1.5%)
  • China (-0.9%)
  • UK (-0.4)
     

2.3 Visitor arrivals - top 10 source countries(a) - monthly and annual change

 TrendSeasonally adjustedOriginalNov '19 to Dec '19Dec '18 to Dec '19
Country of Residence'000'000'000% change - trend% change -trend
New Zealand
121.2
129.1
143.5
0.6
3.9
China(b)
119.2
118.6
111.8
-0.5
-0.9
USA
67.3
67.1
99.9
0.6
-1.5
UK(c)
60.3
60.3
118.5
0.2
-0.4
Japan
42.3
42.7
52.0
0.6
4.6
Singapore
39.8
36.9
56.3
-0.7
3.4
India
35.8
35.8
44.6
0.3
16.3
Malaysia
32.1
31.9
38.3
-0.1
0.2
Hong Kong
26.5
26.4
37.1
0.3
3.1
Korea, South
24.0
24.6
31.3
1.3
6.2
a. Top 10 source countries based on trend estimates. (b) Excludes SARs & Taiwan. (c) Includes the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
 

State or territory of stay (original estimates)

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

For those who visited Australia in December 2019, compared to the same month of the previous year, there was:

  • an increase of 15.0% more visitors to the Australian Capital Territory
  • a decrease of -19.2% fewer visitors to Northern Territory
     

2.4 Visitor arrivals, state or territory of stay - annual change to December 2019 (original estimates)

Visitor arrivals, state or territory of stay - annual change to December 2019 (original estimates)

2.4 Visitor arrivals, state or territory of stay - annual change to December 2019 (original estimates)

Map shows growth in visitor arrivals by state or territory in December 2019 compared to the same month of the previous year. Tasmania saw an increase of 2.4%, Queensland saw an increase of 3.7%, Western Australia saw an increase of 7.4%, South Australia saw an increase of 5.7%, the Australian Capital Territory saw an increase of 15.0%, and Victoria saw an increase of 6.0%. These were offset by falls in New South Wales (-3.7%) and the Northern Territory (-19.2%)

2.5 Visitor arrivals, state or territory of stay(a) - annual change to December 2019 (original estimates)

 Dec '18Dec '19Dec '18 to Dec '19
State or territory of stay'000'000% change - original
NSW
403.7
388.7
-3.7
Vic.
282.6
299.6
6.0
Qld
204.5
212.1
3.7
SA
31.5
33.3
5.7
WA
104.1
111.8
7.4
Tas.
14.5
14.9
2.4
NT
5.5
4.5
-19.2
ACT
11.2
12.9
15.0
Australia(b)
1 057.9
1 077.7
1.9
a. Only available from original estimates.
b. Includes Other Territories.
 

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.

Key statistics

In December 2019, Australian residents returning from a short-term trip overseas (trend estimates):

  • Increased 0.6% since the previous month to 975,300 trips
  • Increased 4.3% since the same month previous year
  • Reported Indonesia as the most popular destination country, accounting for 13% of all those returning.
     
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  1. For more information see Methodology 19-32. For breaks in trend series see Methodology 30-31.
     

Destination countries (trend estimates)

The three leading destination countries for Australian residents in December 2019 were:

  • Indonesia (126,300 trips)
  • New Zealand (125,800)
  • USA (88,400).
     
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  1. Includes the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
  2. Excludes SARs & Taiwan.
     

Among the top ten destination countries, the highest annual increases were recorded for:

  • Japan (25.1%)
  • Indonesia (15.1%)
  • Singapore (11.5%).
     

The highest annual decreases were recorded for:

  • Thailand (-6.9%)
  • USA (-2.6%)
     

3.3 Resident returns - top 10 destination countries(a) - monthly and annual change

 TrendSeasonally adjustedOriginalNov '19 to Dec '19Dec '18 to Dec '19
Country of stay'000'000'000% change - trend% change -trend
Indonesia
126.3
126.1
99.7
1.1
15.1
New Zealand
125.8
125.0
123.5
0.1
4.0
USA
88.4
88.5
69.8
0.4
-2.6
UK(b)
55.9
56.4
33.9
0.9
0.9
China(c)
51.0
50.2
35.0
0.8
0.8
Japan
49.5
48.8
35.4
0.9
25.1
Thailand
43.8
43.3
32.3
-0.6
-6.9
Singapore
37.7
39.5
34.9
0.9
11.5
India
36.7
35.7
34.6
0.6
5.7
Fiji
29.2
29.0
27.1
-0.1
1.7
a. Top 10 source countries based on trend estimates.
b. Includes the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
c. 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 December 2019, compared to the same month of the previous year, there was:

  • an increase of 7.0% travelling home to South Australia
  • a decrease of -0.8% travelling home to New South Wales
     

3.4 Resident returns, state or territory of residence - annual change to December 2019 (original estimates)

3.4 Resident returns, State or territory of residence - Annual change to December 2019 (original estimates)

3.4 Resident returns, state or territory of residence - annual change to December 2019 (original estimates)

Map shows growth in Australian residents who returned to their home state in December 2019, compared to the same month of the previous year. Western Australia saw an increase of 3.2%, the Australian Capital Territory saw an increase of 4.5%, Tasmania saw an increase of 0.6%, Queensland saw an increase of 2.2%, Victoria saw an increase of 5.2%, New South Wales saw a decrease of -0.8%, South Australia saw an increase of 7.0% and finally the Northern Territory saw an increase of 5.1%.

3.5 Resident returns, state or territory of residence(a) - annual change to December 2019 (original estimates)

 Dec '18Dec '19Dec '18 to Dec '19
State or territory of residence'000'000% change - original
NSW
246.4
244.3
-0.8
Vic.
185.7
195.3
5.2
Qld
152.7
156.0
2.2
SA
30.3
32.5
7.0
WA
90.9
93.8
3.2
Tas.
6.9
6.9
0.6
NT
6.3
6.6
5.1
ACT
13.4
14.0
4.5
Australia(b)
732.8
749.7
2.3
a. Only available from original estimates.
b. Includes Other Territories.
 

Visitor arrivals annually - 2019

Statistics on travel movements of persons arriving in Australia for short term trips (i.e. less than 1 year). It is the number of international border crossings rather than the number of people.

Key statistics

Visitors arriving in Australia in 2019 (original estimates).

  • There were 9.5 million visitor arrivals, the highest year on record
  • China was the largest source country with over 1.4 million visitors nationally, largest source for NSW, Vic, SA, Tas. and the ACT
  • There were more visits by women than men. The opposite was true in 2009
  • The main reason for travel was holiday (47%)
  • Nationally, the median duration of stay in Australia was 10 days.
     

Short-term visitor arrivals

The record annual 9.5 million visitors in 2019 was 3.9 million more than 10 years earlier and 220,300 more than 1 year ago. There has generally been an ongoing increase of visitor arrivals to Australia over recent decades.

  • Peaks were seen during Brisbane Expo in 1988 and the Sydney Olympics in 2000
  • Decreases were experienced during the Asian financial crisis from 1998, the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003 and the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) in 2008.
  • Australia experienced strong increases during 2015 and 2016.
     
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Source countries

Residents from nearly every country around the world visited Australia in 2019. China (1.44 million) remained the largest source country for visitor arrivals with New Zealand (1.43 million) in second place. This reflects strong growth in the number of Chinese visitors over the decade, with a 297% increase since 2009. However, this growth has slowed more recently (0.46% from 2018 to 2019) and is likely to decrease in early 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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  1. Top 5 source countries based on year ending December 2019.
  2. Includes United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
     

Among the top 10 source countries, there was also strong growth from other Asian countries over the last decade.

1.3 Short-term visitor arrivals, Australia - top 10 source countries(a) - 2019 - year ending

 '0002018 to 20192009 to 2019
Country of Residence % change% change
China
1439
0.5
296.7
New Zealand
1434
3.5
30.4
USA
818
3.7
68.9
UK(b)
716
-2.4
4.6
Japan
499
6.2
40.9
Singapore
479
6.8
94.1
India
399
11.6
234.4
Malaysia
385
-4.0
88.5
Hong Kong
315
2.1
118.6
Korea, South
280
-2.6
51.0
a. Top 10 source countries based on year ending December 2019.
b. Includes United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
 

State or territory of stay

All travellers are asked their intended address in Australia upon arrival. The proportion of short-term visitor arrivals by intended state or territory in 2019, were as follows:

  • NSW (37% of all short-term visitors)
  • Vic. (27%)
  • Qld (21%)
  • SA (3%)
  • WA (9%)
  • Tas. (1.0%)
  • NT (0.8%)
  • ACT (1.2%).
     

In 2009 this pattern was slightly different, with more visitors intending to stay in Qld than in Vic. All states and territories recorded growth in international visitors in the ten year period.

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At the state and territory level, the mix of source countries varies from that at the national level.

During 2019:

  • China was the leading source country for NSW, Vic., SA, Tas. and the ACT
  • New Zealand provided the most visitors for Qld
  • Singapore for WA
  • The USA for the NT.
     

Ten years earlier in 2009, New Zealand was the leading source country for NSW, Vic., Qld, and Tas. However, the UK was the leading source country for SA and WA, and the USA for the NT and ACT.

Age and sex

There were more visits to Australia by women than men in 2019 (4.9 million women compared with 4.5 million men). The opposite was true in 2009 (2.9 million men and 2.7 million women).

In 2019, men and women visiting Australia had the same median age (40 years). The largest group of visitor arrivals were aged between 25 and 29 years. There were also large numbers of women arriving aged 56 with the largest source country being from China at this age.

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Main reason for journey

In 2019, the most frequently stated main reason for journey by short-term visitors to Australia was:

  • holiday (47%)
  • visiting friends and relatives (30%)
  • business (7.1%)
  • education (6.6%)
     

Female visitors were more likely than males to record their main reason for journey as holiday (50% of all females compared with 44% of all males), visiting friends and relatives (33% compared with 27%), and education (6.6% compared with 6.5%). Male visitors, on the other hand were more likely to travel to Australia for business (11% of all males compared with 3% of all females), to attend a convention/conference (4% compared with 3%), and for employment (3% compared with 2%).

Duration of stay

Visitors are asked their intended duration in Australia upon arrival.

During 2019, the median duration of stay in Australia was 10 days. However, this varies between the states and territories and between the numerous source countries. It also varies depending on a traveller's main reason for journey.

In 2019, the median duration of days for those visiting SA and ACT was 16 days, whereas for NSW and Qld it was 10 days. Those from India (with a median duration of stay of 40 days) stated their intention to stay longer than most others but this also varied between the states and territories. Those from Japan only visited for 6 days on average.

1.6 Short-term visitor arrivals, Australia - top 10 source countries(a) by state/territory of stay - median duration of stay - 2019

 NSWVic.QldSAWATas.NTACTAust.(b)
 daysdaysdaysdaysdaysdaysdaysdaysdays
India
30
49
30
70
61
56
61
61
40
UK(c)
16
20
20
21
21
20
19
17
19
China
12
14
10
30
15
30
12
90
12
USA
10
11
11
13
13
14
16
10
10
Hong Kong
9
10
10
11
9
9
10
12
10
Malaysia
8
9
8
10
7
10
8
11
8
Singapore
7
8
8
9
7
10
7
9
8
Korea (South)
6
10
9
13
10
10
8
11
7
New Zealand
5
5
7
7
10
8
11
6
7
Japan
6
7
6
10
6
7
6
7
6
All countries
10
12
10
16
12
12
15
16
10
a. Top 10 source countries are based at the Australia level.
b. Includes Other Territories.
c. Includes United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
 

The duration of stay of short-term visitors to Australia varied by their reason for journey:

  • Those travelling for employment and education stayed the longest (122 days)
  • visiting friends and relatives (16 days)
  • holiday (9 days)
  • business travellers and those travelling for conventions/conferences stayed the shortest (6 days)

Resident returns annually - 2019

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

Key statistics

Australian residents returning to Australia in 2019 (original estimates).

  • There were 11.3 million resident returns to Australia from overseas, the highest year on record.
  • New Zealand continued to be the leading destination country for Australians travelling overseas, with nearly 1.5 million trips
  • Indonesia was the leading destination for those living in SA, WA and the NT
  • The main reason for travel was holiday (57%)
  • Nationally, the median duration away was 14 days.
     

Short-term resident returns

The record annual 11.3 million resident trips in 2019 was 5.1 million more than 10 years earlier and 247,500 more than 1 year ago. There has generally been an ongoing increase of Australian residents travelling overseas over recent decades. However, decreases were experienced due to various historical events such as the:

  • early 1990s recession in Australia
  • September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001
  • Bali bombings in 2002
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003
  • Global Financial Crisis (GFC) in 2008.
     
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Destination countries

Australians travelled across the globe during 2019:

  • New Zealand (1.46 million trips) remained the leading destination country
  • Indonesia moved from fourth to second over the last decade (1.40 million - an increase of 156%)
  • The USA (1.06 million) was the third leading destination but had a lower level than its peak in 2018.
     
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  1. Top 5 destination countries based on year ending December 2019.
  2. Includes United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
     

Among the top 10 destination countries, the strongest growth over the last decade was for Australians visiting Asian countries.

2.3 Short-term resident returns, Australia - top 10 destination countries(a) - 2019 - year ending

 '0002018 to 20192009 to 2019
Destination Country % change% change
New Zealand
1 463
1.9
43.8
Indonesia
1 401
9.4
156.4
USA
1 056
-3.6
83.2
UK(b)
663
0.0
41.3
China
608
2.4
134.9
Thailand
543
-5.2
40.2
Japan
522
13.3
230.4
India
426
8.6
200.2
Singapore
417
0.4
83.3
Fiji
345
0.9
35.8
a. Top 10 destination countries based on year ending December 2019.
b. Includes United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
 

State or territory of residence

All travellers are asked their intended address in Australia upon arrival. The proportion of short-term resident returns by their state or territory of residence in 2019, were as follows:

  • NSW (34% of all short-term resident returns)
  • Vic. (28%)
  • Qld (18%)
  • SA (5%)
  • WA (12%)
  • Tas. (1.0%)
  • NT (0.9%)
  • ACT (2%).
     

In 2009 this pattern was very similar with a slightly higher proportion of those travelling overseas from NSW (36%), WA (14%), Tas. (1.1%) and NT (1.0%).

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At the state and territory level, the mix of destination countries varied from that at the national level.

During 2019:

  • New Zealand was the leading destination country for residents of NSW, Vic., Qld, Tas. and the ACT
  • Indonesia was the leading destination for those from SA, WA and the NT.
     

Ten years earlier in 2009, New Zealand was the leading destination for residents of all state and territories except for WA and the NT (for which Indonesia was the leading destination).

Age and sex

There were more trips taken overseas by Australian men than women in 2019 (5.9 million men compared with 5.4 million women), similar to 2009 (3.3 million men and 2.9 million women).

In 2019, Australian men and women travelling overseas had a similar median age (42 years and 41 years respectively). Among those aged 18 to 30, there were more trips undertaken by women than men.

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Main reason for journey

In 2019, the most frequently stated main reason for journey by Australian residents returning home after a short-term trip was:

  • holiday (57%)
  • visiting friends and relatives (26%)
  • business (8%).
     

Female residents were more likely than males to record their main reason as a holiday (61% of all females compared with 54% of all males), visiting friends and relatives (28% compared with 24%), and education (1.3% compared with 1.1%). Male residents were more likely to travel overseas for business (12% of all males compared with 4% of all females), to attend a convention/conference (3% compared with 2%), and for employment (2% compared with 1%).

Duration of stay

For Australian residents returning from overseas their exact duration away is measured.

During 2019, the median duration away for Australians on a short-term trip was 14 days. However, this varies between the states and territories and between the numerous destination countries. It also varies greatly depending on a traveller's main reason for journey.

In 2019, the median duration away overseas for Victorians, South Australians, Tasmanians and those from the ACT was 15 days, whereas for those from WA and the NT it was 12 days. Those travelling to the UK were usually away for an average of 24 days which was longer than all the other top 10 destinations. Those travelling to Fiji were away for 7 days on average.

2.6 Short-term resident returns, Australia - top 10 destination countries(a) by state/territory of residence - median duration of stay - 2019

 NSWVic.QldSAWATas.NTACTAust.(b)
 daysdaysdaysdaysdaysdaysdaysdaysdays
UK(c)
24
24
26
26
23
31
25
26
24
India
22
25
23
27
22
19
25
23
23
China
17
18
15
17
15
16
15
17
17
USA
15
16
16
17
19
19
17
16
16
Japan
14
15
14
15
15
15
15
15
14
Thailand
11
12
12
12
11
13
12
12
12
Indonesia
10
10
9
9
7
11
8
9
9
Singapore
8
8
8
9
7
11
6
8
8
New Zealand
7
7
8
10
12
10
11
8
8
Fiji
7
8
7
7
8
8
8
7
7
All countries
14
15
14
15
12
15
12
15
14
a. Top 10 destination countries are based at the Australia level.
b. Includes Other Territories.
c. Includes United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
 

The duration of stay of short-term trips by Australian residents going overseas varied by their reason for journey:

  • Those travelling for employment stayed away the longest (24 days)
  • visiting friends and relatives (20 days)
  • education (19 days)
  • holiday (13 days)
  • business travellers stayed the shortest (7 days).

Notes

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in January 2020

The World Health Organisation (WHO) commenced daily situation reports of the coronavirus (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. From 1 February, the Australia Government has placed travel restrictions on those travelling to Australia from mainland China.

As January and February data become available, the ABS will undertake analysis of Overseas Arrivals and Departures data to examine the expected decline in visitor arrival numbers to Australia.

Bushfires in December 2019

The ABS has undertaken analysis for December 2019 to examine any change to visitor arrival numbers due to the Australian bushfires which started in numerous states in the latter part of 2019.

In December 2019, at the national level there was an increase (1.9%) in the volume of visitors when compared to the same month of the previous year. Over the last decade it has fluctuated from a growth of 11.0% in 2015 to a decline of -0.5% in 2011.

Although there was a decline for NSW (-3.7%) in December 2019, there was an increase in all other states and territories except the NT. Over the last decade, NSW has fluctuated from a growth of 12.7% in 2013 to a current decline of -3.7% in 2019. The decline recorded in NSW however, was not observed from all source countries, with many showing an increase in visitors to NSW (e.g. India, Malaysia & Ireland). The largest numeric decreases were seen from China (3,000 trips), Japan (1,900) and the USA (1,900).

While these changes may be in part due to the bushfires, it is difficult to ascertain if they have had a direct impact to date. Further analysis will be undertaken when January 2020 data become available.

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  1. Includes the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
  2. Excludes SARs & Taiwan.
     

Changes in the September 2019 issue - corrections

The September 2019 issue was replaced with a reissue containing corrected data on short-term visitor arrivals. It included corrections to some key statistics dot points and to some columns in Tables 1, 3, 4 and 5 of the Time Series Spreadsheets as noted below. Data on individual countries were not affected.

Time Series Spreadsheet affectedColumns affected (cell reference and variable description)
The whole time series is affected for each column listed below
Table 1: Total Movement, Arrivals - Category of MovementJ - Persons ; Short-term Visitors arriving ; Seasonally adjusted
K - Persons ; Short-term Visitors arriving ; Trend
Table 3: Short-term Movement, Visitors Arriving - Selected Countries of Residence: TrendAA - Number of movements ; Other Southern and Eastern Europe ; Short-term Visitors arriving ;
AB - Number of movements ; Total Southern and Eastern Europe ; Short-term Visitors arriving ;
AP - Number of movements ; Other South-East Asia ; Short-term Visitors arriving ;
AQ - Number of movements ; Total South-East Asia ; Short-term Visitors arriving ;
BD - Number of movements ; Other Southern and Central Asia ; Short-term Visitors arriving ;
BE - Number of movements ; Total Southern and Central Asia ; Short-term Visitors arriving ;
BR - Number of movements ; Total (Country of stay/residence) ; Short-term Visitors arriving ;
Table 4: Short-term Movement, Visitors Arriving - Selected Countries of Residence: Seasonally adjustedAA - Number of movements ; Other Southern and Eastern Europe ; Short-term Visitors arriving ;
AB - Number of movements ; Total Southern and Eastern Europe ; Short-term Visitors arriving ;
AP - Number of movements ; Other South-East Asia ; Short-term Visitors arriving ;
AQ - Number of movements ; Total South-East Asia ; Short-term Visitors arriving ;
BD - Number of movements ; Other Southern and Central Asia ; Short-term Visitors arriving ;
BE - Number of movements ; Total Southern and Central Asia ; Short-term Visitors arriving ;
BR - Number of movements ; Total (Country of stay/residence) ; Short-term Visitors arriving ;
Table 5: Short-term Movement, Visitors Arriving - Selected Countries of Residence: OriginalAA - Number of movements ; Other Southern and Eastern Europe ; Short-term Visitors arriving ;
AP - Number of movements ; Other South-East Asia ; Short-term Visitors arriving ;
BD - Number of movements ; Other Southern and Central Asia ; Short-term Visitors arriving ;

Data notes

This release contains overseas movement data which should not be interpreted as 'persons'. See Explanatory Note 7 for more detail.

The statistics in this release have been rounded. See Explanatory Note 35 for more detail.

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I-note

1. For further information about the data, including updates or changes, see the Methodology page of this issue and the related Appendices such as Data Quality Issues.

2. Short-term arrival movements are based on a sample and are subject to sampling error. See paragraphs 10 and 11 of the Methodology page of this issue.

3. Occasionally situations occur that necessitate breaks being applied to the trend series. For an overview of the breaks currently included in the trend series, see paragraphs 30-31 of the Methodology page of this issue.

Table 1 - total movement, arrivals - category of movement

Table 2 - total movement, departures - category of movement

Table 3 - short-term movement, visitors arriving - selected countries of residence: trend

Table 4 - short-term movement, visitors arriving - selected countries of residence: seasonally adjusted

Table 5 - short-term movement, visitors arriving - selected countries of residence: original

Table 6 - short-term movement, visitors arriving - intended length of stay and main reason for journey: original

Table 7 - short-term movement, residents returning - selected destinations: trend

Table 8 - short-term movement, residents returning - selected destinations: seasonally adjusted

Table 9 - short-term movement, residents returning - selected destinations: original

Table 10 - short-term movement, residents returning - length of stay and main reason for journey: original

Table 11 - short-term movement, visitors arriving - state of intended stay: original

Table 12 - short-term movement, residents returning - state of intended stay: original