Latest quarterly data for the UK overall

The latest quarterly data from the International Passenger Survey is available below. This shows the overall volume and value of visits to the UK by overseas residents.

Updated 28 May: From 22 May we will be working to update all of the data and documents on this page following the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revision of the International Passenger Survey (IPS) data for 2009-2018 and the released detailed 2019 data. Please be patient as we update these pages or contact the VisitBritain research team if you have any questions- VB/VEResearch@visitbritain.org. Thank you.

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 due therefore no data from Q2 2020 is available on the interactive chart below.  We have provided more detailed 2020 data on our latest monthly data page.

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.

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