Australian passports are considered one of the safest in the world, but they are probably the most expensive in the world.Australia has been rated at the seventh spot along with Greece and New Zealand in Henley Passport Index. An Australian passport holder has a facility of visa-free travel to 171 countries.
The Henley Passport Index is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).The same index rates India at the 81st spot along with Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Senegal Togo. Indian passport-holders have access to visa-free travel to 56 countries.
Fresh Indian passport (36 pages) of 10 years validity costs Rs. 1000 or AUD 20 whereas Australian passports are the most expensive in the world. From the January 1st, 2018, the passport fee for a 10-year adult rose to $282.
Syrian passports currently rank as the most expensive on the list, at about $500 for those who are not in the country and applying to obtain them overseas. Since the outbreak of war, this is the case for many who have fled to seek refuge and then sought to obtain travel document at an overseas consulate.
For them, the Syrian government has inflated the cost to about AUD 500. Previously the cost was only around AUD 11.
It is possible for an Australian citizen to hold citizenship of two or more countries if the law of those countries allows. This is known as dual, or multiple, citizenship.
India does not allow dual citizenship. The Constitution of India does not allow holding Indian citizenship and citizenship of a foreign country simultaneously.