Short-term travel increases in April following NZ travel bubble: Australia

Overseas visitor arrivals to Australia increased to 22,610 trips and residents returning from short-term trips (less than one year) increased to 16,990 in April 2021. These are the highest numbers since COVID-19 travel restrictions were imposed in March 2020, according to data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

ABS Director of Migration Statistics, Jenny Dobak, said the increase was largely due to the introduction of the trans-Tasman travel bubble on 18 April 2021, which allows quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand.

“With the introduction of the travel bubble there were 16,320 visitor arrivals from New Zealand in April 2021, an increase from 2,060 in the previous month. There were also 10,250 Australian residents returning from short-term trips to New Zealand, increasing from 1,760 in March 2021.

“People are taking up the opportunity for two-way quarantine-free travel across the Tasman.

“New Zealand was the largest source country for all overseas short-term visitors, accounting for 72 per cent of visitor arrivals in April 2021. New Zealand was also the largest source country for all overseas arrivals.

“Although there was an increase in overseas arrivals and departures in April 2021, travel numbers remain historically low compared with pre-COVID levels.”

1. Short-term visitor arrivals

Short-term visitor arrivals, Aust. (‘000)
Apr 2011460.32
May 2011384.52
Jun 2011387.68
Jul 2011505.64
Aug 2011467.01
Sep 2011431.04
Oct 2011499.53
Nov 2011522.76
Dec 2011674.79
Jan 2012501.99
Feb 2012565.75
Mar 2012543.83
Apr 2012465.10
May 2012393.43
Jun 2012420.51
Jul 2012499.86
Aug 2012498.74
Sep 2012475.47
Oct 2012521.01
Nov 2012560.10
Dec 2012721.32
Jan 2013488.67
Feb 2013616.97
Mar 2013588.87
Apr 2013461.54
May 2013413.33
Jun 2013447.52
Jul 2013530.91
Aug 2013529.35
Sep 2013493.89
Oct 2013542.76
Nov 2013578.13
Dec 2013789.76
Jan 2014562.51
Feb 2014637.63
Mar 2014600.82
Apr 2014528.56
May 2014472.88
Jun 2014457.90
Jul 2014589.65
Aug 2014540.91
Sep 2014521.75
Oct 2014586.68
Nov 2014611.23
Dec 2014811.83
Jan 2015547.43
Feb 2015726.06
Mar 2015679.27
Apr 2015550.15
May 2015485.66
Jun 2015488.15
Jul 2015628.27
Aug 2015574.14
Sep 2015571.99
Oct 2015625.80
Nov 2015671.54
Dec 2015901.32
Jan 2016617.67
Feb 2016798.61
Mar 2016757.35
Apr 2016610.50
May 2016541.28
Jun 2016555.07
Jul 2016715.78
Aug 2016632.14
Sep 2016647.04
Oct 2016695.92
Nov 2016721.83
Dec 2016976.15
Jan 2017723.99
Feb 2017787.58
Mar 2017772.23
Apr 2017700.01
May 2017579.09
Jun 2017606.01
Jul 2017746.41
Aug 2017702.90
Sep 2017663.59
Oct 2017741.36
Nov 2017777.09
Dec 20171,015.04
Jan 2018702.58
Feb 2018914.53
Mar 2018872.35
Apr 2018679.78
May 2018609.45
Jun 2018646.65
Jul 2018774.36
Aug 2018741.71
Sep 2018690.19
Oct 2018753.96
Nov 2018802.16
Dec 20181,057.90
Jan 2019731.13
Feb 2019927.24
Mar 2019836.35
Apr 2019700.37
May 2019668.28
Jun 2019660.34
Jul 2019790.38
Aug 2019789.20
Sep 2019694.96
Oct 2019774.02
Nov 2019815.91
Dec 20191,077.72
Jan 2020766.59
Feb 2020685.41
Mar 2020331.89
Apr 20202.25
May 20203.44
Jun 20205.40
Jul 20203.53
Aug 20203.03
Sep 20203.72
Oct 20206.07
Nov 20207.57
Dec 20208.82
Jan 20217.99
Feb 20216.26
Mar 20218.32
Apr 202122.61
2. Short-term resident returns

Short-term resident returns, Aust. (‘000)
Apr 2011595.19
May 2011605.64
Jun 2011563.20
Jul 2011805.86
Aug 2011636.89
Sep 2011696.05
Oct 2011835.65
Nov 2011584.32
Dec 2011502.38
Jan 2012951.79
Feb 2012577.27
Mar 2012553.07
Apr 2012674.40
May 2012575.63
Jun 2012622.27
Jul 2012853.35
Aug 2012647.88
Sep 2012720.11
Oct 2012877.76
Nov 2012610.43
Dec 2012542.01
Jan 2013999.42
Feb 2013558.78
Mar 2013585.70
Apr 2013709.33
May 2013637.28
Jun 2013659.14
Jul 2013902.24
Aug 2013716.06
Sep 2013775.68
Oct 2013933.68
Nov 2013655.29
Dec 2013577.00
Jan 20141,098.01
Feb 2014612.77
Mar 2014622.41
Apr 2014751.65
May 2014669.20
Jun 2014672.75
Jul 2014930.60
Aug 2014765.06
Sep 2014808.46
Oct 2014934.74
Nov 2014684.51
Dec 2014588.94
Jan 20151,150.24
Feb 2015607.29
Mar 2015646.25
Apr 2015763.58
May 2015684.92
Jun 2015697.89
Jul 2015940.49
Aug 2015790.40
Sep 2015834.87
Oct 2015971.25
Nov 2015705.37
Dec 2015627.77
Jan 20161,209.17
Feb 2016668.15
Mar 2016664.19
Apr 2016812.52
May 2016719.28
Jun 2016721.85
Jul 20161,024.59
Aug 2016822.32
Sep 2016883.76
Oct 20161,024.64
Nov 2016738.73
Dec 2016680.56
Jan 20171,260.36
Feb 2017738.70
Mar 2017690.43
Apr 2017893.92
May 2017775.96
Jun 2017763.18
Jul 20171,070.74
Aug 2017863.23
Sep 2017946.17
Oct 20171,078.68
Nov 2017773.11
Dec 2017680.77
Jan 20181,336.96
Feb 2018709.02
Mar 2018740.73
Apr 2018929.04
May 2018822.24
Jun 2018808.71
Jul 20181,133.60
Aug 2018916.20
Sep 2018973.97
Oct 20181,147.82
Nov 2018810.32
Dec 2018732.81
Jan 20191,392.85
Feb 2019746.08
Mar 2019753.51
Apr 2019916.43
May 2019866.28
Jun 2019841.95
Jul 20191,122.59
Aug 2019930.97
Sep 2019992.82
Oct 20191,145.97
Nov 2019849.79
Dec 2019749.66
Jan 20201,397.42
Feb 2020785.39
Mar 2020538.36
Apr 202017.05
May 202013.38
Jun 202015.76
Jul 202010.28
Aug 20208.07
Sep 20208.17
Oct 202011.17
Nov 202013.00
Dec 202014.30
Jan 202111.35
Feb 20218.39
Mar 20219.25
Apr 202116.99

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