According to the National Travel and Tourism Office, more than 5.2 million international visitors came to the U.S. in March, up 62% compared to March 2022. This represents 83% of the pre-pandemic level of international visitor volume in March 2019.
In March, the top overseas markets for international visitors to the U.S. were the UK, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and India. Through the first three months of 2023, the U.S. welcomed 14 million international visitors, up 77% from the same period last year and 83% of its pre-Covid level.
Total international visitors with a visa for “pleasure” – i.e. tourism – was 1.8 million in March, up from 1.1 million in March 2022, but down from 2.2 million in March 2019.
The recovery in international tourism to the U.S. is also reflected in Americans’ outbound travel. About 7.8 million visitors in March traveled abroad, up 34% from last year and 93% of that month’s pre-pandemic level.
Mexico was the most visited country for Americans in March, with 3.1 million visitors. The Caribbean was the top region, with 2.7 million visitors, followed by Europe with 1.4 million visitors.
Overall, the recovery in international tourism to the U.S. is well underway and expected to continue in the coming months.