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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?

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  • 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, 2015 at 11:53
  • @GayotFow no, I'm talking about US, canada and Europe.
    – Tak
    Dec 29, 2015 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, 2018 at 9:18

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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, 2015 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, 2015 at 23:33
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    The "transit" in question allows stays of up to 30 days in Korea. Dec 29, 2015 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, 2015 at 7:18
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    @BurhanKhalid US green card renewal is about the document only. The expiration of the document does not imply the expiration of the status.
    – phoog
    Mar 14, 2018 at 14:27
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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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Australian PRs also get a visa-on-arrival to Georgia at Tbilisi airport.

The most current version of this information is on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia website

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  • Welcome Random Aussie Bloke, could you please edit your answer and add the relevant parts of the link you mentioned? So that your answer becomes more complete, without needing to check an external source?
    – gmauch
    Dec 28, 2021 at 14:19
  • Hey mate gmauch --- the relevant part is already in there: it is that Aussie PRs get a visa-on-arrival. I'd have thought that citing the source of info is what would add credibility to a post or message. The link in there is form the Georgian Government's website. It can't be that hard to click on it and get the info from the source. On a practical basis, if that policy ever changes the link to the Georgian Government's page is what would help a reader/participant in this conversation.
    – user125837
    Jan 16, 2022 at 11:44
  • Hello Random Aussie Bloke, when I reviewed your answer I didn't check the link, but we encourage answers to be as complete as possible, so that if a link ever becomes outdated, we still have the complete answer without external dependencies. That said IMHO, your question has enough information to be useful, I just edited it. You can check it, or revert if you don't feel it is better worded/formatted now.
    – gmauch
    Jan 17, 2022 at 11:59
  • Looks like you're some kind of administrator. Why didn't you say so? It would have added context to your suggestion. I've made a minor text change, but otherwise your edit's great. Your addition is valid, and is well formatted. Thanks.
    – user125837
    Jan 21, 2022 at 7:51
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    @RandomAussieBloke, all long time users on Stack Exchange will do some moderation tasks like asking for more information and editing questions and answers. New users can but will be monitored.
    – Willeke
    Jan 21, 2022 at 9:18

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