Monthly data

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) who are responsible for the International Passenger Survey (IPS) were not able to interview at Eurotunnel from Jan-Apr 2022 so the data and below and in the monthly summary (PDF, 21.3MB) excludes those travelling via this port.

Read the 2022 inbound forecast and explore the latest annual and quarterly data on the 2021 inbound page.

Visits and spend

TOTAL JANUARY 2022 FEBRUARY 2022

MARCH

2022

APRIL 2022 YEAR-TO-DATE (JAN-APR 2022)
Visits 820,000  1,050,000 1,850,000 2,150,000 5,870,000
Spend £620m £740m £1.3bn £1.7bn £4.3bn

Visits: The UK received 5.9 million visits in the first 4 months of 2022. January saw the least amount of visits due to the Omicron variant and consequent travel restrictions to the UK. There was then a significant boost from February to March as travel restrictions loosened and international travel resumed.

Spending: Inbound visitors spent £4.3bn from January to April 2022. Following the same pattern as visits, spend picked up as the months went by.

Visits by journey purpose

JOURNEY PURPOSE (VISITS) JANUARY 2022 FEBRUARY 2022 MARCH 2022 APRIL 2022 YEAR-TO-DATE (JAN-APR 2022)
Holiday 100,000 250,000 540,000 730,000 1,620,000
Business 160,000 240,000 400,000 370,000 1,170,000
VFR 510,000 440,000 690,000 800,000 2,440,000
Miscellaneous 50,000 120,000 230,000 250,000 650,000

All journey purposes were still a fraction of normal levels due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Similar to 2021, visits to friends and relatives made up the highest proportion of visits throughout the first four months of 2022, totalling at 2.4m visits.

There were 1.6m holiday visits from Jan-Apr 2022 with only 100,000 falling in January 2022 due to the Omicron variant. Holiday visits picked up pace once restrictions loosened, reaching 730,000 in April 2022.

Business visits totalled 1.2m with the highest number of visits falling in March 2022.

All other visits, under ‘miscellaneous’, which includes study, accounted for 650,000 visits in the first 4 months of 2022.

Visits by global region

GLOBAL REGION (VISITS) JANUARY 2022 FEBRUARY 2022 MARCH 2022 APRIL 2022 YEAR-TO-DATE (JAN-APR 2022)
Total Europe 610,000 860,000 1,470,000 1,690,000 4,630,000
EU Total 540,000 790,000 1,350,000 1,530,000 4,210,000
EU 15 390,000 620,000 1,070,000 1,240,000 3,320,000
Other EU 160,000 180,000 280,000 290,000 910,000
Rest of Europe 70,000 70,000 120,000 160,000 420,000
North America 70,000 90,000 200,000 240,000 600,000
Rest of World 140,000 100,000 180,000 220,000 640,000

Europe made up 79% of all inbound visits to the UK in the first 4 months of 2022, equating to 4.6m visits. 91% of these visits were from the EU (4.2m visits) vs 9% from the Rest of Europe (420,000 visits).

There were 600,000 visits from North America from Jan-Apr, with visits more than doubling between February and March as travel restrictions loosened.

The Rest of the World saw just 640,000 visits from Jan-Apr with some of the markets in this region still under lockdown and subject to stricter travel rules.

Download the latest monthly summary for Jan-Apr 2022 (PDF 21.3MB).