By Mary Charie / 10/11/2018

VISA FREE COUNTRIES FOR AUSTRALIAN PASSPORT HOLDERS AND CITIZENS [2018] 

Australian Passport Visa Free Countries - fron photo

Australian passport "N series" and "P" series - Photo Credit: Allison of flightstofancy.com | with permission to use

Through these years I spent on the road, I always meet an Australian. Either it's on the stunning beaches of Southeast Asia, the mountainous country of Colombia, or the quiet but magnificent alleys of Georgia, there is an Australian around the corner.

Australian citizens hold one of the world's most powerful passport in terms of travelling. They can go to many countries without a visa, while the countries who will require them to get a visa beforehand will not give Australians a hard time obtaining one.

Australia also offers their citizens good amount of holidays throughout the year, free healthcare, education, and support from the government in case of some troubles. Which personally, I think is the reason why Australians can afford to travel.

They don't have to worry about saving a big amount of money for health and hospital emergencies or the need to save money for education, instead, they can focus their savings for what makes them happy, either it's travelling or other hobbies.

FACT: Australia released a new design in 2014 of their passport the "P series" which begun to be used in 2017-2020, which is blue and gold. Their "N" series, black and silver matched which was printed starting 2010 until 2020.

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HOW MANY COUNTRIES CAN AUSTRALIAN CITIZEN TRAVEL WITHOUT A VISA

Australian passport holders can enter to 160 countries visa-free, while around there is about 55 visas on arrival or eVisas, and 37 countries required them to have a visa before arriving and entering their country.  The Australian passport is on the top 25 most powerful passports in the travelling world.

Australian citizens are also allowed to enter and move freely in their other states and territories.

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The countries and its visa policy for Australians are categorised based on demographical location. If you are looking for the information for a specific country, use the contents bar above to navigate faster.

VISA GUIDE FOR ASIA

Australian Passport Visa Free Countries - front

Australian passport "N series" - Photo Credit: Allison of flightstofancy.com | with permission to use

If you head to Asia, you will meet more Australians than Europeans of Americans. It's probably because Asia is the closest where Australians can go to without flying 24 hours or spending thousands of dollars for a flight ticket. You will also notice that many Australians are retiring in this part of the world.

East Asia

VISA FREE:

  • Hong Kong - 90 days
  • Japan - 90 days
  • Macau - 30 days
  • South Korea - 90 days
  • Taiwan - 90 days

VISA REQUIRED:

Central Asia

VISA FREE:

  • Kazakhstan - 30 days
  • Kyrgyzstan - 60 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Tajikistan - visa on arrival for 45 days at Dushanbe International Airport, can also get online, evisas can be used in all border points
  • Uzbekistan - evisa for 30 days, 5 days visa -free transit if can show onward ticket - get your evisa online

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Turkmenistan

South Asia

Australian Passport Visa Free Countries - South Asia India

India stamps - Photo Credit: James of travelcollecting.com \ with permission to use

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Bangladesh - visa on arrival for 45 days but not available in all entry points, mostly likely possible in major international airports
  • India - evisa for 60 days; must enter through 26 international airports, or 3 seaports - evisa can only be used twice in a calendar year - apply online for your evisa - how to apply for an Indian visa online
  • Maldives - visa on arrival for 30 days
  • Nepal - visa on arrival for 90 days
  • Sri Lanka - evisa or visa on arrival for 30 days - you can apply here

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Afghanistan - Australian government advises to no visit Afghanistan
  • Bhutan - must be approved and booked through a tour operator
  • Pakistan

Southeast Asia

Australian Passport Visa Free Countries - SEA

Vietnam and Singapore stamps - Photo Credit Keri of ourglobetrotters.com | with permission to use

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VISA FREE:

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

West / Middle East

Australian Passport Visa Free Countries - middle east

Oman and UAE stamps - Photo Credit: Josie of josiewonders.com | with permission to use

VISA FREE:

  • Armenia - 180 days
  • Cyprus - 90 days in every 180 days
  • Georgia - 365 days
  • Israel - 90 days
  • Palestine
  • Qatar - 30 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Azerbaijan - evisa for 30 days - you can get in online
  • Bahrain - visa on arrival or evisa for 14 days - apply online for an evisa
  • Iran - visa on arrival for 30 days
  • Jordan - visa on arrival; not available in all entry points
  • Kuwait - visa on arrival or evisa for 90 days
  • Lebanon - visa on arrival for 30 days; can be extended up to 2 months, must not have Israel stamp or visa, must hold a phone number, address, and onward ticket
  • Oman - evisa for 30 days
  • Turkey - evisa for 90 days or if on a cruise ship, it's visa free for 72 hours and must leave with the same cruise - apply for an evisa online
  • United Arab Emirates - visa on arrival for 30 days

VISA REQUIRED

  • Iraq - Australian government advise not to visit Iraq
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Syria - Australian government advise not to visit Syria
  • Yemen - Australian government advise not to visit Yemen

VISA GUIDE FOR AFRICA

Even though there is a limited visa-free access for Australians visiting Africa, there is a huge number of countries who offer visa on arrival and evisa which is pretty easy and less hassle.

Central Africa

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Angola - evisa for 30 days
  • Gabon - evisa or visa on arrival; must arrive at Libreville International Airport
  • São Tomé and Príncipe - evisa

VISA REQUIRED

  • Burundi - Australian government advise not to visit Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic - Australian government advise not to visit Central African Republic
  • Chad - letter of an invitation is required
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Equatorial Guinea - letter of invitation is required
  • Republic of the Congo - letter or invitation is required and must be approve by tour operators only

East Africa

Australian Passport Visa Free Countries - more africa

Tanzania, Zambia, and Malawi stamps - Photo Credit: Jenny of travelynnfamily.com | with permission to use

VISA FREE:

  • Mauritius - 90 days
  • Reunion - 90 days (French territory)
  • Mayotte - 90 days (French territory)

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Comoros - visa on arrival
  • Djibouti - evisa for 31 days
  • Eritrea - tourist visa on arrival for 1 month
  • Ethiopia - evisa or visa on arrival but not available in all entry points
  • Kenya - evisa or visa on arrival for 90 days
  • Madagascar - visa on arrival for 30 days; free of charge
  • Rwanda - evisa or visa on arrival for 30 days
  • Seychelles - visitor's permit on arrival for 90 days
  • Tanzania - visa on arrival
  • Uganda - evisa or visa on arrival; number of days determine upon entry - may apply online
  • Zambia - evisa or visa on arrival for 90 days; can also be used to enter Zimbabwe
  • Zimbabwe -  evisa or visa on arrival for 90 days; can also be used to enter Zambia

VISA REQUIRED

  • Somalia - Australian government advise not to visit Somalia
  • South Sudan - Australian government advise not to visit South Sudan

North Africa

VISA FREE:

  • Morocco - 90 days
  • Tunisia - 90 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

VISA REQUIRED

  • Algeria
  • Libya - Australian government advise not to visit Libya
  • Sudan

Western Sahara - undefined

South Africa

Australian Passport Visa Free Countries - Malawi

Malawi Visa Sticker  - Photo Credit: Jenny of travelynnfamily.com | with permission to use

VISA FREE:

  • Botswana - 90 days per year
  • Gambia - 90 days
  • Lesotho - 14 days
  • Namibia - 90 days
  • South Africa - 90 days
  • Eswatini (Swaziland) - 30 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Malawi - visa on arrival
  • Mozambique - visa on arrival for 30 days
  • Senegal - visa on arrival for  90 days

West Africa

VISA FREE:

  • Gambia - 90 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Benin - evisa or visa on arrival for either 30 or 8 days; must have international vaccination certificate
  • Burkina Faso - visa on arrival for 30 days
  • Cape Verde - visa on arrival; only available at international airport
  • Cote d'Ivoire - evisa for 90 days; must arrive at Port Bouet Airport
  • Guinea-Bissau - evisa or visa on arrival for 90 days
  • Mauritania - visa on arrival at Nouakchott–Oumtounsy International Airport
  • Togo - visa on arrival for 7 days

VISA REQUIRED

  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Sierra Leone

VISA GUIDE FOR AMERICA

Travelling in Americas should not be a problem at all. Many countries offer Australian citizens good amount of time to stay and travel freely. 

North America

VISA FREE:

  • Canada - 180 days
  • Greenland - applies as Schengen visa; 90 days in 180 days
  • Mexico - 180 days - get a tourist card
  • United States of America - must get an ESTA; valid for two years
Australian passport visa free - central america

Central America stamps - Photo Credit: David of travelsewhere.net | with permission to use

Central America/Caribbean

VISA FREE:

  • Aruba - 90 days; can be extended up to 180 days
  • Antigua and Barbuda - 30 days
  • Bahamas - 90 days
  • Barbados - 180 days
  • Belize - 30 days
  • Bermuda - 180 days; will be determined upon arrival
  • Cayman Islands - 180 days
  • Costa Rica - 90 days
  • Curacao - 90 days
  • Dominica - 180 days
  • Dominican Republic - 90 days
  • El Salvador - 90 days
  • Guatemala - 90 days
  • Grenada - 90 days
  • Haiti - 90 days
  • Honduras - 90 days
  • Jamaica - 180 days
  • Nicaragua - 90 days
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis - 90 days
  • Saint Lucia - 6 weeks
  • Turks and Caicos - 90 days
  • Panama - 180 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Cuba - Tourist vard required

South America

Australian Passport Visa Free Countries

Machu Picchu Stamp - Photo Credit: Alan & Rose of frequenttraveller.com.au | with permission to use

VISA FREE:

  • Argentina - 90 days
  • Bolivia - 90 days
  • Chile -90 days; must pay reciprocity fee of $117
  • Colombia - 90 days; can be extended for another 90 days per calendar year - must show an exit ticket and Yellow Fever vaccination if coming from Brazil, Uganda, and Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador - 90 days
  • Guyana - 90 days
  • Peru - 183 days - must show a return ticket
  • Venezuela - 90 days
  • Uruguay - 90 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

VISA REQUIRED

  • Suriname

VISA GUIDE FOR EUROPE

Europe is divided into several types according to its political ties, EEA and EU to name a few. In this article, I will only categorise each country as Schengen and non-Schengen states to make it easier.

Australian passport visa free - Schengen

Schengen stamp - Photo Credit: David of travelsewhere.net | with permission to use

Schengen States

Australian passport holders and citizens can enter, stay, and travel in these countries for 90 days in a 180-day period. You can move freely and cross the border without having to cross a border security or passport checkpoint. Remember that it is 90 days for the entire Schengen area not per country.

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SCHENGEN MEMBERS:

Austria

France

Norway

Spain

Belgium

Germany

Liechtenstein

Poland

Switzerland

Czech Republic

Greece

Portugal

Denmark

Hungary

Luxembourg

Slovakia

Estonia

Iceland

Malta

Slovenia

Finland

Italy

Netherlands

Sweden

Non-Schengen Countries

FREE VISA:

  • Albania - 90 days
  • Andorra
  • Belarus - 30 days must arrive visa Minsk Airport
  • Bulgaria - 90 days within the 180-day period
  • Croatia - 90 days within the 180-day period
  • Ireland - 90 days, must show the purpose of travel, sufficient fund, return ticket, and accommodation booking
  • Kosovo - 90 days
  • Macedonia - 90 days
  • Moldova - 90 days
  • Monaco - 90 days within the 180-day
  • Montenegro - 90 days
  • Romania - 90 days within the 180-day
  • San Marino
  • Serbia - 90 days
  • Ukraine - 90 days within 180-day
  • United Kingdom - 180 days must show return ticket and accommodation booking
  • Vatican City

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Russia - if you are on a cruise ship, planning to stay for not more than 72 hours, and will spend each night on board, and will only leave the ship with the organised tour arranged by your cruise ship company, then you do not need a visa  - you will need an invitation letter from a person in Russia or tour agency

VISA GUIDE FOR OCEANIA

There are enough good flights from Australia to the countries in Oceania. While visas should not be a problem either, the only thing to keep in mind is to check the weather of your destinations. Many countries in Oceania are islands which means, they are great for summer holiday and beach bumming.

VISA FREE:

  • Fiji - 120 days
  • Kiribati - 120 days
  • Micronesia - 30 days
  • New Zealand - freedom of movement
  • Palau - 180 days
  • Vanuatu - 30 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL:

  • Marshall Islands - 90 days
  • Papua New Guinea - visa on arrival for free at Gurney Airport (Alotau), Mount Hagen Airport, Port Moresby Airport and Tokua Airport (Rabaul)
  • Samoa - entry permit on arrival for 60 days
  • Solomon Islands - visitor's permit on arrival for 90 days
  • Tonga - visa on arrival for 31 days
  • Tuvalu  - visa on arrival for 30 days

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Nauru - criminal record and medical fitness certificate are not required to submit when applying for a visa

I hope you found this article about visa free countries for Australian citizens useful. If you have questions or if I missed anything, let me know in the comment section below.

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Mary Charie

She's the person behind this blog. Torn between her itchy feet and writing, Mary found herself soaking up in the world of travel blogging. She travels on her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

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