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European Union (EU) Passport Photo Size Requirements

Passport picture size Width: 35 mm, Height: 45 mm
Resolution (DPI) 600
Background color White
Printable photo Yes
Digital photo for online submission Yes
Digital photo size Width: 826 pixels , Height: 1062 pixels
Photo Paper type matte
Detailed requirements

The European Union passports issued by its 27 member states share a common design and passport photo size specification.
A passport photo that meets these requirements ensures a smooth application process and avoids any delays or rejections. In order to obtain a European Union passport photo that meets the necessary standards, please consider the following guidelines:


The size of the passport photo should be 35x45mm. This is the standard size accepted by all EU member states.


The background of the photo should be plain and light-colored, preferably white or off-white. Avoid patterns, shadows, or any other distracting elements in the background.


The photo should be well-lit, with no harsh shadows on the face or behind the subject. Ensure that your face is evenly lit and clearly visible.

Pose and Expression:

The subject should maintain a neutral facial expression, with both eyes open and looking directly at the camera. Keep your mouth closed and avoid smiling or frowning.

Head Position:

The subject's head should be centered within the frame, facing forward. The face should occupy approximately 70-80% of the photo's height.


The photo should feature a close-up of the subject's face, from the top of the head to the shoulders. The subject's face should be centered within the frame, with equal spacing around the head.


Avoid wearing hats, head coverings, or sunglasses that obscure your facial features. Religious head coverings are allowed, as long as they do not cover the face.

Resolution and Quality:

The photo should be of high quality, with sharp focus and good contrast. It should be printed on high-quality photo paper, with no ink smudges or damage.


The photo should be taken within the last six months, ensuring that it accurately represents your current appearance.

Digital Requirements:

Some EU member states accept digital passport photos. If you choose to submit a digital photo, ensure that it meets the specific requirements of the country you are applying to.

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General Passport Photo Requirements

  • Neutral facial expression: a. do not open mouth; b. open eyes.
  • No glasses; No Hat.
  • Don't cover eyebrows with hair.

Find more information on requirements and photo taking tips here.

How to Print Passport Photos Using Color Printer

  1. Download the 4R sheet with multiple photos.
  2. Check the requirements and use correct 4R photographic paper (matte, semi-matt or glossy paper).
  3. Print the 4R sheet with no margins. Make sure the 4R picture fit exactly on the 4R photo paper.
  4. Cut the 4R sheet along the gray lines and you will get multiple photos.

Steps to create passport photos

  1. Select country and ID photo type, and click Start.
  2. Upload photo. In order to correctly make passport photo, the picture size should be smaller than 10MB, and the dimensions should be smaller than 4000 x 3000 pixels. The system accepts only .JPG or .JPEG files. The Crop page opens when the photo is uploaded.
  3. Crop photo to the correct passport photo size dimension.
  4. If you need white background enhancement, select an enhancement.
  5. Click the Next button, you will get a printable passport picture which is suitable to be printed on 4R (4x6") photo paper.
  6. Save the 4R sheet and print it using a photo printer or print it at any photo center.

How to Take Baby Passport Photos

  1. Lay white or light color baby quilt or blanket in a bright room or other places with good lighting.
  2. Lay the baby on the quilt or blanket.
  3. Ensure baby is looking straight at the camera with eyes open, mouth closed and not smiling.

See more tips on taking baby passport photos here.

Passport Photo Size Requirements

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