17,800 Aussies returned home in December

New provisional data from the ABS shows that 17,800 Aussie returned home in December, the highest figure since coronavirus travel restrictions were implemented in April 2020:

The number of overseas arrivals into Australia increased by 18 per cent in December 2020, reaching 35,100 people, according to provisional data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

ABS Director of Migration Statistics, Jenny Dobak, said the latest Overseas Travel Statistics, Provisional data recorded the largest number of Australian citizen arrivals (17,800) since travel restrictions were first introduced in April 2020.

“We are continuing to see steady month on month increases in arrivals,” Ms Dobak said.

“The increase in December overseas arrivals is consistent with the lifting of travel caps on international arrivals in late 2020, as well as the opening of a one-way travel arrangement from New Zealand.”

“In Victoria, the lifting of restrictions saw over 5,300 overseas arrivals in December compared with just over 500 in the previous month.”

“Despite these increases to monthly arrivals, overall travel numbers still remain very low, with December arrivals down 98 per cent from this time last year.”

More detailed November data released on Friday 15 January by the ABS, in Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia (OAD), helps to provide further context to the recent increase in monthly arrivals. The OAD data shows that Australian residents returning from overseas increased from 11,200 arrivals in October to 13,000 arrivals in November. Short-term visitor arrivals also increased from 6,100 to 7,600.

We’d have triple this number if the federal government bothered to charter flights and provide federal quarantine facilities.

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