Photo for a passport, identity card or visa in Switzerland

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 Bern

The following photographers in Bern are familiar with the Dutch requirements:

EP: Ber-AG

  • Schwarzenburgstrasse 16, 3000 Bern 14
  • Tel: +41(0)31-3712828
  • Opening hours:
    • Monday-Friday: 8:00 - 12:00 and 13:30 - 18:30
    • Saturday: 8:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00

Elite Fotostudio

  • Belpstrasse 67 (Eigerplatz), 3007 Bern
  • Tel: +41(0)31-5347265 / +41(0)78-7668757
  • Opening hours:
    • Monday-Friday: 8:30 - 18:00

Advice against prontophot photo booths

Prontophot booths indicate that they make photos according to EU standards. However, experience has taught us that the facial dimensions on these photos are not in accordance with Dutch requirements.

To prevent that your photos can not be used for your application and you need to have new ones made, we advise against using these booths.