While you take pictures for your passport photos, please be aware of the guidelines mentioned below.
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- The size of the image varies from country to country. Check our suggested links for your country’s standards.
- Good quality colour on high quality paper, with no ink or marks on the image
- Plain, light-coloured background (e.g. cream, pale blue or white)
- Appropriate brightness and contrast and show your skin tones naturally
- Uniform lighting (no shadows across or behind the face), sharp focus and clear.
The photograph must:
- show your shoulders square on (not looking over shoulder)
- show your face square on (edges of face visible)
- show you looking straight at the camera (not tilted head)
- be taken with a neutral expression and your mouth closed (not laughing or frowning
- show your eyes open and clearly visible, (no hair in eyes).
The photograph must show you without any hat or other head covering.
However, if you wear a head covering for religious reasons we will accept a photograph of you wearing it, but your facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of your face must be clearly shown.
If you usually wear glasses, you do not have to wear them for your passport photograph, but if you do:
- they must show your eyes clearly
- no flash reflection off the glasses
- no tinted lenses
- if possible avoid heavy framed glasses
- frames should not cover any part of your eyes
- lighter framed glasses are preferable (if possible).
Children and babies
- show the baby or child awake, looking straight at the camera with mouth closed and no pacifier.
- show both edges of the face clearly (no toys, blankets, chair backs or other people visible) and no hair across the eyes.
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