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.
The world's next most expensive passport is Australia's. The cost rose $5 on January 1 to $282, according to a report by the New Daily.
World's most expensive passports
New Zealand $168
United States $155
United Kingdom $149.50
World's most powerful passports (based on number of countries you can enter without a visa)
Singapore, Switzerland 176
Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, UK 175
Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, USA 174
Ireland, Portugal, South Korea 173
Australia, Greece, NZ 171
Czech Republic, Iceland 170
Source : theage.com.au