Photo for a passport or identity card in Switzerland

If you are a Dutch national and currently live in Switzerland, you can apply to the embassy in Bern for a passport or identity card. The photo you submit with your application must meet specific requirements.

Requirements for passport and identity card photos

The photo used in a passport or on an identity card must meet certain requirements. These include requirements concerning size, quality, background, appearance, position, facial expression, glasses, exposure and framing.

See for more information about these requirements.

Getting a passport photo made that meets Dutch requirements

Other countries often have different requirements for passport photos than the Netherlands. You should always tell a photographer abroad exactly what requirements your passport photo must meet. Also tell them that the photos are for the Dutch embassy or consulate. If the photos don’t meet the requirements your passport or identity card application may be rejected. The photographers listed below are located near the embassy or consulate and are familiar with the Dutch requirements.

Online passport or identity card photos

This website allows you to upload a photo that meets Dutch requirements:
Website: (in Dutch only)

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 times: Mon-Fri 08:00-12:00 and 13:30-18:30, Sat 08:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00

Elite Fotostudio
Belpstrasse 67 (Eigerplatz)
3007 BernTel.: +41(0)31-5347265 or +41(0)78-7668757
Opening times: Mon-Fri 08:30-18:00

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.