Portugal

Portugal

The International Passenger Survey (IPS) was suspended on 16 March 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic until the start of 2021. 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 2020 is available on the interactive chart below. Interviewing initially began at UK airports at the start of 2021, though the IPS remained suspended at some sea ports and train stations during the year. Data for 2021 and 2022 is also excluded below as there were no interviews at Eurotunnel until July 2022 and data from Dover was only collected from Q3 2021.

Read more about 2020 inbound data2021 inbound data, 2022 quarterly data as well as the latest monthly data for 2022.

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Global context

Measure2019
International tourism expenditure (US$bn)5.7
Global rank for international tourism expenditure46
Number of outbound visits (m)7.5
Most visited destinationSpain

Key demographic and economic data

Measure2022
Population (m)10.3
GDP per capita (US$)41,621
Annual average GDP growth over past decade (%)1.6
Annual GDP growth (%)6.5

Inbound visits to Britain from Portugal

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Average spend per visit (GBP)

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Access to Britain from Portugal

Measure2022
Weekly aircraft departures517
Weekly seat capacity94,149
Airports with direct routes in Portugal7
Airports with direct routes in Britain24
  • Virtually all visits from Portugal to Britain are made by air
  • In 2022, there were 517 direct flight departures to Britain a week, with a total seat capacity of 94,149 a week
  • 7 airports in Portugal serve 24 British airports
  • Following the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the scheduled seat capacity in 2022 from Portugal to the UK recovered to 97% of 2019 levels
  • The current rate of Air Passenger Duty for visitors departing Britain for the Portugal is £13