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Overseas Arrivals To Ireland Decreased By 88% YOY In December And By 77.9% In 2020 As A Whole

By Dave Simpson

According to new data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the number of overseas arrivals to Ireland decreased by 88% year-on-year in December of 2020 from 1,372,600 to 164,400, while the number of overseas departures from the country decreased by 87.1% from 1,382,800 to 178,800.

However, Ireland's overseas arrivals and departures increased in December from November, with the number of overseas arrivals being up 58.3% in December from 103,900 in November and the number of overseas departures being up 84.7% from 96,800 in November.

Air Vs. Sea

135,900 of the people who arrived in Ireland in December, or 82.7% of the total arrivals, came by air, while 28,500, or 17.3%, came by sea.

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156,100 of the people who departed Ireland in December, or 87.3% of the total departures, left by air, while 22,800, or 12.7%, left by sea.

Most Common Routes

65,100 of the people who arrived in Ireland in December, or 39.6% of the total arrivals, came by cross channel routes, 79,100 (48.1%) came by continental routes, 11,700 (7.1%) came by transatlantic routes and 8,500 (5.1%) came by other overseas routes.

54,800 of the people who departed Ireland in December, or 30.6% of the total departures, left by cross channel routes, 107,100 (59.9%) left by continental routes, 7,900 (4.4%) left by transatlantic routes and 9,100 (5.1%) left by other overseas routes.

Most Common Departure Points And Destinations

The three most common departure points for people who arrived in Ireland in December were Great Britain, the Netherlands and Spain, with 65,100 people arriving from Great Britain, 14,700 people arriving from the Netherlands and 13,100 people arriving from Spain.

The three most common destinations for people who departed Ireland in December were Great Britain, Spain and Poland, with 54,800 people travelling to Great Britain, 19,200 people travelling to Spain and 17,200 people travelling to Poland.

Figures For 2020 As A Whole

The number of people that arrived in Ireland during 2020 as a whole decreased by 77.9% year-on-year to 4,460,200, while the number of people that departed Ireland during 2020 as a whole decreased by 78% year-on-year to 4,452,600.

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