I have some friends who are PR of Australia and I wonder what countries allows Australian permanent residents to visit without a visa? I know that New Zealand doesn't require a visa for Australian permanent residents, but are there any other countries? Also does being an Australian Permanent resident give any advantages when applying for any visa? Like what are the travelling benefits an Australian Permanent resident has?

  • In most cases the UK (along with the rest of the affluent Commonwealth) would consider it as a boost to the applicant's credibility. So would Schengen. But do you need an answer for all 290+ countries?
    – Gayot Fow
    Dec 29 '15 at 11:53
  • @GayotFow no, I'm talking about US, canada and Europe.
    – Tak
    Dec 29 '15 at 12:00
  • Turkey would also grant you an immediate e-visa if you have an Australian PR but would normally require a full visa. Mar 14 '18 at 9:18

Most visitor visa regimes are based solely on citizenship, with permanent resident status having no effect. There are some exceptions, however, where countries that have unusually close relationships will waive visa requirements for one another's permanent residents. The exceptions I know of concern certain cases in the EU, and US permanent residents, who do not need visas for short visits to Canada. I was unaware of a similar arrangement between Australia and New Zealand, but I am not surprised to learn about it.

I don't know of any other countries that exempt Australian permanent residents from a visitor visa requirement.

Transit visas are another matter. Many countries will waive transit visa requirements for those with permanent resident status in certain "developed" countries, such as Australia. The UK comes to mind, as does South Korea (thanks to jpatokal for pointing that out).

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    This isn't really an answer. Australian PR does smooth the way in some random countries, eg. you can do visa-free transit in South Korea: hikorea.go.kr/pt/… Dec 28 '15 at 23:26
  • @jpatokal great, I'll add South Korea to the transit list. The OP is asking about visit, though, not transit, so the transit angle is more of a digression than anything else.
    – phoog
    Dec 28 '15 at 23:33
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    The "transit" in question allows stays of up to 30 days in Korea. Dec 29 '15 at 1:49
  • Another exception is the GCC. A permanent resident of the GCC is entitled to visa-on-arrival entry to other member states of the GCC (except Saudi Arabia); even if they needed a visa due to their nationality. Dec 30 '15 at 7:18
  • @BurhanKhalid is the GCC relevant to Australian permanent residents?
    – phoog
    Dec 30 '15 at 13:37

Singapore and Philippines waive visa (Tourist/Visit) requirements for Aussie PRs regardless of their passport.

Visa is available in Singapore only for Air Travel (Entering from Malaysia by road doesn't entitle a visa-free entry)

For Philippines, visa free entry is available only at Manila airport.

https://www.ica.gov.sg/enteranddeparting/before/enteranddeparting_before_vftf https://philippines.visahq.com.au/requirements/india/resident-australia/

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