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Most powerful and most expensive passports 2018

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    [​IMG]© Adobe Stock Australia's passport is powerful with a price to match.

    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.

    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

    https://www.msn.com/en-au/travel/ne...ive-passports-2018/ar-BBJ3ajV?ocid=spartanntp

    Australia kills it on the world stage considering our population wonder we have everyone running to live in our country.
     
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    Thanks Australia is awesome and we will rule the world with our awesomeness.
     
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    I am not sure australians use that term. Awesome. Like awe- and then some.
     
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    Full list here:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henley_&_Partners_Passport_Index#2018

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    Some notes..
    Singapore: 176
    Japan: 175
    US: 174
    South Korea: 173
    Canada: 172 (How is the US ahead of Canada??)
    Brazil: 158
    Mexico: 144

    Venezuela: 130








    Russia: 113


    South Africa: 100
    Guyana: 84
    Botswana: 78
    Namibia: 75
    Swaziland: 70
    Kenya,Lesotho: 69
    Gambia: 68
    Zambia: 65
    Uganda: 64
    Ghana, Sierra Leone: 62
    Benin, Zimbabwe: 61

    China: 60

    India; 49
    Iran: 38
    Pakistan: 30
     
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    Aussie passport is more expensive when applied as urgent
     
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    Pakistan is really doing a great job in the world. At 101st it get's the world's confidence. Well done Pakistan. Can we please try slighter harder and squeeze Afghanistan to pip the list?
     
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    Zambia, Botswana, Kenya's being more powerful than China?

    Interesting... hmmm...
     
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    Yeah I was surprised by that considering all the claims made on here.
     
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    Questions start popping in my head about the list though.

    May be it is more like a bilateral agreement thing, like many African countries giving each other visa free entries on reciprocal basis and getting higher ranking.

    But since China does not gain much and would have more disadvantage by this kind of bilateral agreement (risking too many people ending up there in China). So they refuse visa free entry and also do not get one in response even though many countries will be more than happy to provide them this opportunity.

    Just some thoughts.
     
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    Another garbage list as usual.
     
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    We may be awesome but unfortunately we are still british arse lickers, and we will never have our own independent economical and political system. UK has and will always dictate what our retarded politicians do here. We will always be FOLLOWERS rather than leaders.
     
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    TBH I'm not amused whether Singapore gets second here or first in another passport index. Because it's a meaningless ranking for the top 20 or so, really.

    What actually matters for the top 20 is the proximity to other countries and the relative purchasing power to those countries. Add in the frequency of flights to other major cities from your airport if you're a businessmen and travels every week.

    Australia (urban area in the South) for example is too far off in one corner of the world which makes travelling inconvenient, unless you're flying to New Zealand. Even Melbourne to Jakarta is like what, 7 hours?

    Germany OTOH is indeed one of the best. Proximity and free movement of people in the EU. However I would argue that if they were not in the EU, Germany's own currency would appreciate greatly and increase her purchasing power relative to her neighbors. So I would consider Switzerland to be even better for travelling, maybe the best. Central location and high international purchasing power.
     
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    Iraq 27 a country used to be on of the best few decades ago go back to the bottom of the list because a stupid filthy dictator
    and the hate of others who can't see a middle eastern country prosper!.