Most powerful and most expensive passports 2018 Featured

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:00 Written by  Published in Australia News
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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.

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

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

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