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Australian passports have been ranked one of the worst in the world for ‘power and mobility’, according to a new study by a travel website.

The damning result follows a recent survey of 48 countries, with Australia officially listed in 43rd spot. 

ParkSleepFly analysed the best and worst value for money passports, with the focus placed on the overall cost of the document compared to the freedom of movement it provides.

Australian passports have been ranked one of the worst in the world, when factoring in power and mobility (pictured, travellers at Sydney Domestic Airport)

Australian passports have been ranked one of the worst in the world, when factoring in power and mobility (pictured, travellers at Sydney Domestic Airport)

Australian passports have been ranked one of the worst in the world, when factoring in power and mobility (pictured, travellers at Sydney Domestic Airport)

The power aspect included the number of countries a passport holder can visit visa-free or with a visa on arrival.

Australia’s total passport value score was a paltry 2.56 out of 10.

Other countries who finished higher than Australia included Romania (2.77) and the  Caribbean island Barbados (2.66).

In better news, Australia had the equal best mobility score of the bottom 10 countries, with the holder able to travel to 103 countries visa-free and 53 countries where a visa is required on arrival, according to news.com.au.

And in a statistic many Aussie travellers won’t find surprising, passports on local shores were the third-most expensive out of the 48 countries examined.

And Australian passport valid for 10 years for people aged 16 and over costs $308.

A child’s passport – which expire after five years – costs $155. 

Replacement or emergency passports when abroad will set you back $193. 

Travel package website ParkSleepFly analysed the best and worst value for money passports, with Australia scoring 2.56 out of 10

Travel package website ParkSleepFly analysed the best and worst value for money passports, with Australia scoring 2.56 out of 10

Travel package website ParkSleepFly analysed the best and worst value for money passports, with Australia scoring 2.56 out of 10

The essential international travel documents only cost more in France and Liechtenstein.

Overall, only Canada (2.13), Chile (2.13), San Marino (1.92), Mexico (1.92) and Lichtenstein (1.06) finished with a worse passport value score than Australia.

At the top end, the United Arab Emirates had a perfect score of 10, with Sweden (8.94), South Korea (7.98) and Spain (7.87) also scoring well in both categories.

Source: DailyMail AU

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