Germany has retained its position as the world’s most powerful passport for 2018, while Australia leads the way as one of the world’s most expensive.
The rankings are based on how many countries a passport holder can visit without requiring a visa.
The Australian passport remains unchanged from last year’s rankings as the seventh most powerful in the world, tied with New Zealand and Greece, though the number of countries Australians can visit visa-free increased by one.
Australians can now visit 171 countries visa-free, up from 170 in 2017, after the visa requirement for Qatar was waived back in August last year. Other top-ranking countries include Switzerland and Singapore (176), Japan and the UK (175) and Spain and the USA (174).
Those languishing at the bottom of the heap include Afghanistan (24), Iraq (27) and Syria (28).Formerly costing $11, the Syrian passport is now the most expensive travel document in the world, costing its citizens outside of the country $500 to obtain from an overseas consulate. That cost rises to $US800 if it’s an emergency.
Meanwhile, the passport to give you most bang for your buck in 2018 remained Germany’s, the world’s most powerful, costing $120 and allowing citizens to visit 177 countries visa-free.
The world’s cheapest passport is the Tunisian – ranked 69th most powerful in the world, and allowing its citizens access to 66 countries visa-free and costing a mere $25.
The cost of the Australian passport has increased 41 per cent in the last decade from $200, attributed to its technologically-advanced security measures. However, some have criticised the cost of the Australian passport as revenue raising at an ever-increasing cost to the traveller, while similar countries such as Canada ($161) and New Zealand ($168) used the revenue raised from passports to recover their costs of their production.
The annual passport rankings are measured by citizenship and planning firm Henley & Partners, who take into account how many countries each nationality can visit without applying for a visa.
World’s most expensive passports
- Australia $282
- Turkey $255.66
- Switzerland $182
- New Zealand $168
- Canada $161
- United States $155
- United Kingdom $149.50
- Singapore $78.50
World’s most powerful passports (based on number of countries you can enter without a visa)
- Germany 177
- Singapore, Switzerland 176
- Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, UK 175
- Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, USA 174
- Ireland, Portugal, South Korea 173
- Canada 172
- Australia, Greece, NZ 171
- Czech Republic, Iceland 170
- Malta 169
- Hungary 168