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Australian passport has been ranked as one of the most expensive passport in the world. From the January 1st 2018, the passport fee for a 10-year adult rose to $282.

Australian passport has been ranked as one of the most expensive passport in the world. From the January 1st 2018, the passport fee for a 10-year adult rose to $282.

The United Kingdom is planning to increase the cost of obtaining a passport to as much as GBP £85 (around AUD $150) for adults. This might bring the British passport to a higher rank in the list of the most expensive in the world, which is currently topped by Syria's passport. 

Research, conducted by the New Daily, suggests that the Australian passport is one of the most expensive in the world.

From January 1st 2018, the passport fee for a 10-year adult rose to $282, up from $277 the previous year.

Research notes that the cost of a new passport has increased by 41% over the past decade which was $200 in 2008.

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.

For residents obtaining passports domestically that makes the Australian passport the costliest in the world, closely followed by the Turkish travel document which costs 764 Turkish Lira or about AUD $255.

British passports could soon become the third most expensive at the end of March if the Home Office’s proposals are agreed to by parliament.

The Telegraph reports that the charge for an online passport application will rise from GBP £72.50 to £75.50, while postal applications will increase from GBP £72.50 to £85.

Next in the list, prepared by the New Daily is Switzerland's travel book which costs about AUD $182, followed by New Zealand (AUD $168),  Canada (AUD $161), United States (AUD $155), United Kingdom (AUD $149.50), and Singapore (AUD $78.50).

A fresh Indian passport costs INR 2000 (approximately AUD $40) while a German passport, which is the most powerful in the world according to the Henley Passport Index 2018, costs about AUD $120.

Here: World’s most powerful passports

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