The Australian passport is currently ranked 6th place on the Guide Passport Index. It provides visa-free access to 188 countries. With a high mobility score it is one of the most desirable passports in the world. Australian passport holders have visa-free and visas on arrival to countries such as Japan, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, USA and the entire European Union. This allows almost instant travel opportunities. Australian passport holders do however require a visa to enter about 41 destinations in the world. Some countries where visa is required are China, India, and Russia.
The Australia passport ranking relative to other global passports is calculated by adding up the number of countries that allow Australia passport holders to enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those that allow Australia passport holders to enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or electronic travel authorization (eTA). There are currently a total of 139 Australia passport visa-free countries, 42 Australia visa-on-arrival countries, and 7 eTA destinations.
Altogether, Australia passport holders can enter a total of 188 destinations—either without a visa, through a visa on arrival, or via an eTA. As a result, the Australia passport ranks 6 in the world.
Separate from these Australia visa-free countries and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 41 additional destinations in which Australia passport holders either need a physical visa to enter or an eVisa (i.e. visa required countries).
The Commonwealth of Australia is a former British colony consisting of 6 states. The states are New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. The country is situated in the continent of Oceania in the middle of the Indian and the South Pacific Ocean. New Zealand is the closest neighboring country to the East. Australia is the 6th largest country in the world with a surface area of 7.6 million square kilometers. Its climate is mostly arid to semiarid.
The overall population is 25 million people. The capital of the country is Canberra. The most populous city is however Sydney, closely followed by Melbourne with approximately 4.9 million inhabitants each. Other important cities of the county are Perth and Adelaide. The largest airport is Sydney Airport (SYD) with 44 million annual passengers. Followed by Melbourne (MEL) with 37 million yearly passengers. This places them both in the top ten busiest airports worldwide.
Australia’s culture is dominated by the history of immigration waves that occurred over the past centuries. There is a multi-cultural and religious mix present in most of the country. The official language is English. The native aboriginal language is still spoken. The legal system is a federal parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy. The chef of the state is Queen Elizabeth II. The head of government is the elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
The official currency is the Australian Dollar (AUD) with the current exchange rate being AUD 1.5 to the USD. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $1.7 trillion, making it the 14th largest economy in the world. Its citizens have a per capita income of $64,964. The GDP is mostly made up of 3 key sectors, which are services, construction, and mining. Furthermore, tourism plays a large role economically for certain key regions.
Australia is filled with a variety of urban and natural tourism destinations and attractions. It is known for its vast wildlife and various national parks. Some of the major destinations include the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Par,k and the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. The nation has a total of approximately 9.4 million tourists visiting every year with the majority originating from China and New Zealand. The top states visited are New South Wales and Victoria.