- Japan has again topped the Henley Passport Index as its citizens have visa-free access to 193 destinations.
- Australia ranked eighth, whose citizens can travel to 185 international destinations without a visa.
- There are 42 destinations around the world that require a visa for Australian passport holders to enter.
Have you ever wondered which passport wields the most power in the nation?
While Australia is in eighth place Japan remains at the top for the fifth consecutive year, offering its citizens visa-free access to a whopping 193 international destinations.
The index is compiled by London-based investment migration consultancy Henley & Partners, which uses data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) to compare visa-free access on 199 nations’ passports to 227 destinations.
In 2023, Singaporean and South Korean passports are the second most important in the world, followed by Germany and Spain in the same third place.
Japan tops the latest Henley Passport Index. Source: SBS News
Afghanistan remains at the bottom of the index, followed by Iraq and Syria.
The Henley Passport Index ranks the Afghan passport as the least powerful. Source: SBS News
Countries where Australians can travel without a visa
There are 185 destinations can either travel visa-free or where they can obtain a visa, visitor permit or electronic travel authorization (ETA) upon arrival, according to the Henley Passport Index.
Forty-nine European countries, from Portugal to Poland and the UK to war-torn Ukraine, offer visa-free access to Australians.
There are more than a dozen destinations in Oceania that offer visa-free travel to Australians, including New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia, and similar numbers in the Caribbean, including Barbados, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica.
Nineteen places in America do not require visas for Australians to enter, such as Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, along with twelve African nations including Botswana, Morocco and Tunisia.
Australians can visit 10 Asian destinations without a visa, including Hong Kong, Malaysia and the Philippines, and six in the Middle East, including Israel and Qatar.
Cambodia, Egypt, Lebanon, Paraguay and Samoa are among the more than 40 destinations around the world where Australians can obtain visas or visitor permits upon arrival, while ETAs upon entry to countries such as the United States, Canada and Pakistan are available , and Sri Lanka.
Countries for which Australians require a visa
There are 42 destinations that require Australian passport holders to either apply for a visa before departure or obtain government pre-approval for a visa on arrival.
More than half of them are in Africa, including Ghana, Kenya and South Sudan.
Two regions have just one destination for which Australian tourists require a visa – Cuba in the Caribbean and Nauru in Oceania – while Asia has 10, including Afghanistan, China and North Korea.
Australians planning a trip to Europe that goes to Azerbaijan, Russia or Turkey will also need a visa, as will those going to Syria or Yemen in the Middle East, or Chile or Suriname in the Americas.
The most popular international travel destinations for Australians
According to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Indonesia is the most popular international travel destination for Australian residents.
New Zealand and the United States were the second and third most visited places by Australians, while the UK, Singapore, India, Fiji, Thailand, Italy and Vietnam rounded out the top 10.
India and Vietnam are the only nations on this list that require Australians to obtain a visa prior to arrival.