- Photo size
Standard format: 35 mm x 45 mm (width x height).
- Width of face
Between 16 mm and 20 mm from ear to ear.
- Length of face
Ages 11 and above: between 26 mm and 30 mm from chin to crown.
Ages 10 and under: between 19 mm and 30 mm from chin to crown.
From left to right: 1. head not fully visible, 2. head not centred, 3. good passport photo
Quality of photo
Requirements for the quality of passport photos:
- colour photo
- true likeness and no more than six months old when the application is submitted
- natural representation
- sharp image, with sufficient contrast and detail
- not a reproduction (copy)
- unaltered by computer software
- printed on high-quality, smooth photo paper
- minimum 400 dpi resolution
From left to right: 1. blurry image, 2. too little contrast, 3. good passport photo
Requirements for the lighting of passport photos:
- not overexposed or underexposed
- no shadow on the face or in the background
- no reflection on the face
- no reflection caused by accessories
From left to right: 1. reflection (white spots), 2. shadow on face, 3. good passport photo
Requirements for the position of the head in passport photos:
- head facing forward
- eyes horizontally aligned
- head not tilted
- shoulders straight
From left to right: 1. head tilted, 2. good passport photo
Requirements for the background of passport photos:
- light grey, light blue or white
- all one colour
- uniform colour (no fade)
- sufficient contrast with head
From left to right: 1. non-uniform colour, 2. good passport photo
Requirements for wearing glasses in passport photos:
- eyes fully visible
- fully transparent lenses
- no glare on the glasses
- no shadow
From left to right: 1. eyes not fully visible, 2. good passport photo
- head uncovered
- face fully visible
- eyes fully visible
Ears do not have to be visible, as long as the width of the face is visible.
From left to right: eyes not fully visible, 2. good passport photo
Requirements for facial expression in passport photos:
- neutral expression
- looking straight at the camera
- mouth closed
From left to right: 1. mouth not closed, 2. good passport photo
If a person’s religion or belief system does not allow them to have their head uncovered, they may cover their head. The head covering must be plain, in one colour only and must contrast with the background.
From left to right: 1. face not fully visible, 2. good passport photo
Exception: children under 6
Children under the age of 6 are exempt from the following requirements:
- Position: ‘eyes horizontally aligned’, ‘head not tilted’, and ‘shoulders straight’
- Expression: ‘neutral expression’, ‘looking straight at the camera’, and ‘mouth closed’
Please note: If the child needs to be supported, this must not be visible on the photo. The supporting hand can be hidden under the child’s clothing.
From left to right: 1. visible support, 2. good passport photo
Exception: physical or medical reasons
There may be physical or medical reasons that make it impossible for you to comply with the passport photos requirements. If there is any doubt on the part of the body issuing the travel document you may be asked to provide a medical declaration confirming this.
Permitted or not
Passport photos must always be a good likeness of the applicant’s face and must have been taken within the past 6 months.
Different hair style
Yes, as long as the eyes and face are still fully visible
Child with eyes closed
Glasses for people who wear them only occasionally
Yes. It is up to the applicant whether they want to wear glasses in the photo
Lipstick and other make-up
Facial piercings and tattoos
No. Head coverings of any sort are permitted only if a person’s religion or belief does not allow them to have their head uncovered, or if medical treatment has caused a person’s hair to fall out. Head coverings must be plain and in one colour.
The same photo as in the previous document
Preferably not. Photos must have been taken within the last 6 months.