Monthly visits abroad by UK residents 2018-2020

This statistic shows the number of monthly visits abroad by residents of the United Kingdom (UK) between February 2018 and February 2020. An estimated 7.09 million visits were made overseas from the UK in February. This presented a net decrease compared to the same month a year earlier.
Outbound tourism from the UK generally increased in 2019, with an average of 7.7 million visits taken per month. May was the most popular month for overseas travel that year. Since 2011, annual visits abroad steadily increased up until now.

The data is taken from the International Passenger Survey (IPS), a continuous survey collecting data about passengers entering and leaving the UK. Up to 800,000 interviews are conducted each year to measure inbound and outbound tourism and the study is used by various UK government departments.

Monthly visits abroad include travel for all purposes: holiday travel, business travel, study visits, visiting friends or relatives and other miscellaneous forms of travel. Most UK tourists travel abroad for vacations, which may contribute to the rise in visits overseas in the summer months. Compared with the number of outbound holiday visits, overall departures are more evenly spread throughout the year.

Number of monthly visits abroad by residents of the United Kingdom (UK) from February 2018 to December 2020

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Release date

July 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

February 2018 to February 2020

Number of respondents


Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Data derives from the International Passenger Survey (IPS). with a sample size of approximately 20,000 per month.
Figures are seasonally adjusted.

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