Australians can visit an impressive 154 countries without a visa, but one of the nation’s our passport does not take you will surprise you.
Germany, Singapore, South Korea and Sweden a just a few of the 22 nations that rank above Australia in the Arton Capital’s Passport Index with New Zealand sitting equal sixth on the power rank index.
However, despite Australia welcomed by most countries across the globe, there are a few nation’s that require a visa to enter and one of those is Brazil – who recently hosted the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The Australian passport can carry you to 154 nations without a visa
Australians can not enter Brazil (Rio de Janeiro pictured) with just a passport and need to apply for a visa
Brazil have strict entry and exit laws. While there are no expediting fees, all visas are sorted on arrival with no priority service.
This means Australians looking to enter Brazil will have to wait up to 15 working days for a visa, so a sudden beach holiday to Rio de Janeiro is not a viable option.
While Australians must wait 15 days, New Zealanders do not require a visa at all to enter Brazil.
Australians have to apply for a visa to enjoy the sunset over Rio de Janeiro in Brazil
While Australians can enter South Africa with a passport, New Zealanders require a visa. Rugby fans looking to follow the All Blacks across to South Africa for the Rugby Championship require a visa to enter.
Both Australians and New Zealanders require a visa to enter Vietnam. The Australian government continually warns of scams when applying for online visa applications to Vietnam through commercial providers.
Australians and New Zealanders need a visa to enter Vietnam
To enjoy the vibrant street food and culture of Vietnam will require a visa
Non-Muslim Australians will struggle to indulge in the riches of Saudi Arabia unless they have a business visa, according to Escape. Saudi Arabia also recently cut ties with Qatar, closing all land, sea and air travel between borders.
Some stays in China require a visa. Transit visas can be handed out on some short stay visits, but the government suggest to apply beforehand.
Australians will find it very hard to enter Saudi Arabia (Riyadh building pictured) unless they are on a business visa
The Republic of North Korea enforces strict entry and exit laws and can arrest, fine and deny entry to passport holders arriving without a visa.
Since their is no consulate in Canberra, all passports must be picked up in another country and most travel must be through China. To make things tougher, flights are often delayed or cancelled in and out of North Korea.
Individually, Australia sits 23rd on the list of the number of countries our passport enables us to visit. Germany and Singapore sit at the top of the pile with 159 nations.
Sweden and South Korea can visit 158, while Denmark, Spain, Italy, France, U.S.A, Japan and Luxembourg a few of the nations ahead of Australia and New Zealand.
Australians can not enter the Republic of North Korea (pictured statue of former presidents) without a visa and the government warns of continuous flight cancellations and delays