Latest quarterly data for overall visits to the UK
The International Passenger Survey (IPS) was suspended on 16 March 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The ONS have made every effort to produce high-quality estimates for the periods when IPS data is not being collected but have not been able to produce a full set of results therefore no data from Q2 2020 is available on the interactive chart below.
The effects of COVID-19 on international travel really started to take hold in Q2 2020 - with lockdowns and travel restrictions prevalent around the globe. Both generating and destination countries began restricting all but essential travel. The UK saw just 4% of the inbound visits recorded in Q2 2020. Visitor spending was down in a similar proportion as visits in Q2 2020 – reflecting the global impact of COVID-19. Widespread restrictions and lockdowns within the UK not only affected international visitor spending, but also that of the domestic population. Inbound visitor spending in Q2 2020 totalled just £218 million. We have provided more detailed 2020 data on our latest monthly data page and the 2020 inbound page.
In 2021, the IPS restarted but only collected data on passengers travelling by air. We have provided more detailed 2021 data on our dedicated 2021 quarterly page.