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Wed, 9 Jan, 2019Courtney Allan

Why the Australian passport is less powerful now

Why the Australian passport is less powerful now

Australia has dropped to 10th spot in the Henley Passport Index, which is an index that ranks each country for its value in travelling with ease.

Recent updates to Turkey and Ukraine visa policies have caused Australia to drop in the ranking from 7th to 10th.

According to the director of Henley and Partners Tony Le Nevez, Australians shouldn’t worry about their passport power.

“Overall, Australian citizens enjoy considerable passport power, able to access 181 countries and territories around the world visa-free,” he said. 

“This change is due to very recent updates to the visa policies of Turkey and Ukraine, which have both suspended their visa on arrival policies. 

“It means (Australians) will now need to apply for e-visas to both countries before they travel.”

The list of the top countries who have visa-free access to a range of countries is as follows:

  1. Japan, which allows access to 190 destinations without having to apply for a visa.
  2. Singapore and South Korea, which both allow access to 189 countries.
  3. France and Germany allow access to 188 countries.
  4. Denmark, Finland, Italy and Sweden allow access to 187 countries.
  5. Luxembourg and Spain allow access to 186 countries.
  6. Austria, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States allow access into 185 countries.
  7. Canada, Belgium, Greece and Ireland allow access into 184 countries.
  8. Czech Republic allows access into 183 countries.
  9. Malta allows access into 182 countries.
  10. Australia, Iceland and New Zealand allow access into 181 countries.  

If you’ve got plans to travel to Turkey or Ukraine, don’t forget to apply for a visa before heading off!

What do you think of the changes? Should Australia allow access into more countries visa-free? Let us know in the comments.