Photo for a passport, identity card or visa in the United Arab Emirates

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 United Arab Emirates that are familiar with the Dutch requirements


Marina photos
Durrat al Marza building (opposite Jumeirah Beach Residence, Shams)
Dubai Marina – Dubai
Telephone: 04-3997400 / 04-3997500
Mobile: 056-9097873 / 055-2113001

Abu Dhabi

Venus Digital Studio
Hamdan Street (behind Al Mariah Mall)
Abu Dhabi
Telephone: 02-666 2726
Mobile: 050-804 8183 (Mr. Nelson)

Sunrise Studio
Hamdan street (behind Al Masood Tower)
Telephone: 02-632 8562
Mobile: 050-580 9729 (Mr. Ramesh)