Photo for a passport, identity card or visa in South Africa

You will need to submit a photo with your application for a Dutch passport, identity card or visa. This photo must meet certain requirements. You can take your photo online or have one taken by a photographer.

Requirements for photos

The photo used for a passport, identity card or visa must meet certain requirements. This includes requirements concerning size, quality, background, appearance, position, facial expression, glasses, exposure and framing. Your application will only be accepted if your photo meets all the requirements. See for more information about these requirements.

Having photos taken

You can have the photo for your passport, identity card or visa taken online or by a photographer.

Online photo

You can go to the website or (in Dutch only) to take a photo that meets the Dutch requirements.


If you have the photo taken by a photographer, tell them what requirements it must meet.

Download and print the pdf Photomatrix guidelines 2020 on and take the guidelines with you. They give detailed information for photographers about the Dutch requirements.

Photographers in South Africa who are familiar with the Dutch requirements


Kodak Express
Brooklyn Mall
Tel.: +27 (0)12 346 0868


Photon Image Centre

Tel: 011 467 9667

11 Huilboom st.

Randpark Ridge


Googlemap link:

Cape Town

Photo Studio Lockley
Albert Langenberg
21 Plein Street
Tel.: +27 (0)21 883 3131

Tothills Photo Discounters
Peter van Laeren
18 Lower Burg Street (on the corner of Riebeek and Lower Burg Street)
Cape Town
Tel.: +27 (0)21 421 2421 / +27 (0)21 425 2054


Westville Mall, Shop 24
Tel.: +27 (0)31 266 0159