According to new data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the number of overseas arrivals to Ireland decreased by 91.3% year-on-year in January of 2021 from 1,235,100 to 108,000, while the number of overseas departures from the country decreased by 90.4% from 1,239,800 to 118,700.
Ireland's overseas arrivals and departures also decreased in January from December, with the number of overseas arrivals being down 34.3% in January from 164,400 in December and the number of overseas departures being down 33.6% from 178,800 in December.
Air Vs. Sea
101,100 of the people who arrived in Ireland in January, or 93.6% of the total arrivals, came by air, while 6,900, or 6.4%, came by sea.
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104,100 of the people who departed Ireland in January, or 87.7% of the total departures, left by air, while 14,600, or 12.3%, left by sea.
Most Common Routes
15,100 of the people who arrived in Ireland in January, or 14% of the total arrivals, came by cross channel routes, 79,500 (73.6%) came by continental routes, 4,900 (4.6%) came by transatlantic routes and 8,400 (7.8%) came by other overseas routes.
36,700 of the people who departed Ireland in December, or 30.9% of the total departures, left by cross channel routes, 64,600 (54.4%) left by continental routes, 8,600 (7.2%) left by transatlantic routes and 8,800 (7.4%) left by other overseas routes.
Most Common Departure Points And Destinations
The three most common departure points for people who arrived in Ireland in January were Great Britain, Spain and Poland, with Great Britain accounting for all cross channel travel, 14,700 people arriving from the Spain and 11,300 people arriving from Spain.
The three most common destinations for people who departed Ireland in January were also Great Britain, Spain and Poland, with, as mentioned above, Great Britain accounting for all cross channel travel, 11,700 people travelling to Spain and 7,100 people travelling to Poland.
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