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Date Last Updated: 11-07-2018

Survey Name:

Overseas Travel

Survey purpose:

To provide country of residence analyses of arriving and departing overseas travellers into and out of Ireland.

Legislative Basis National:

Not applicable

Legislative Basis European:

Regulation (EU) No 692/2011



Statistical Population:

All overseas travel into and out of Ireland by Irish Residents and Non Residents. However, travel by residents of Northern Ireland into or out of the Republic of Ireland and domestic travel within the Republic of Ireland is excluded.

Sampling Frame:

A sample of sailings and flights is selected and a systematic sample of passengers on each is surveyed. On the selected sailings/flights, a 1 in 5 systematic sample of passengers is selected and their country of residence is recorded. Sample results are grossed up to total passenger numbers provided by the airports and ferry companies.

Reference Area:


Time Coverage:

2016 - 2018 on StatBank (monthly), 2008 - 2018 on StatBank (quarterly), 2008 - 2017 on StatBank (annual), 2000 - 2018 in Statistical Releases (monthly and three month rolling series).

Base Period:

Not applicable

Sector Coverage:

Not applicable

Survey Size:

The sample size for the Overseas Travel release in respect of May 2018 was just above 45,900 passengers.

Principal Variables:

Overseas Trips to Ireland by Area of Residence, Irish Residents' Trips Overseas.

Principal External Users:

Failte Ireland, Tourism Ireland, National Accounts, Balance of Payments, Eurostat, Government, Economists, Academics.

Contact Organisation:

Central Statistics Office

Business Area:

Business Statistics

Contact Person:

Patsy King

Contact Person Function:


Other Business Area Specialists:

Margaret Power

Contact email:

Contact phone number:

(+353) 21 453 5000