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Trips abroad by Latvian residents dropped sharply last year

According to the latest data published June 14 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) in 2020 the number of trips abroad has fallen by 71.1 % and comprised only 0.7 million. 

Expenditure thereof reduced by 75.7 % and comprised EUR 194.6 million. In 2020 only every ninth trip was made abroad (in 2019 – every fourth). 34.4 % of respondents had to cancel the previously planned trips abroad due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year residents of Latvia went on 0.3 million same-day trips abroad, 71.5 % less than in 2019, spending EUR 12.6 million, which is 78.2 % less than a year ago. In their overnight trips most often Latvian residents went to Lithuania (73 %) and Estonia (25.4 %). The average expenditure per same-day trip decreased by EUR 15, reaching EUR 48.9.

Last year Latvian residents went on 0.4 million overnight trips abroad, which is 70.8 % less than a year ago. Most popular destinations of overnight trips abroad were neighbouring countries Estonia (20.8 %) and Lithuania (12.5 %). Also residents of Latvia often went to Germany (11.1 %).

In 2020 the share of trips abroad by air reduced by 14.1 %, but the share of trips made by passenger car or motorcycle increased by 14.5 %.

In 2020, total expenditure of overnight trips abroad comprised EUR 182 million, which is 75.5 % less than in 2019. Most of the money was spent on transport (35.8 %), accommodation (27.4 %), catering services (18 %), entertainment and cultural activities (6.2 %) and other expenses (12.7 %).

In 2020, 3.1 million nights were spent in trips abroad, which is 65 % less than a year ago. 63.7 % of nights were spent in rented accommodation or accommodation for fee, but 36.3 % of nights were spent at free of charge accommodation, mainly at relatives or friends (drop of 4.6 %). Average length of a stay during a trip was 7.2 days – 1.2 days more than in 2019.

By demographic indicators women (59 %), residents aged 34-34 years (27.9 %), residents with higher education (52.8 %) and employed (74.9 %) mostly went on trips abroad.

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