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United Kingdom Visa 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

United Kingdom Visa Photo

The United Kingdom (UK) has specific requirements for visa photos that must be followed in order to ensure a successful visa application. This document will outline the guidelines for the UK visa photo and provide you with the necessary information to meet these requirements.

1. Size and Dimensions:

- The photo must measure 45 millimeters (mm) high by 35mm wide.

- The photo should have a head height of 29mm to 34mm from crown for head to chin.

- The photo should be taken without any borders.

How your head should appear in passport photos - described in text above

2. Background:

- The background of the photo should be a plain cream or light grey

- Avoid using patterned or textured backgrounds.

- The background should be free from shadows or reflections.

3. Posting and Facial Expression:

- The applicant should have a neutral expression with the mouth closed.

- The eyes should be open and clearly visible, with no hair covering the face.

- The photo should be a close-up of your full head and upper shoulders

- The photo should contain no other objects or people

- The subject should be facing forwards and looking straight at the camera

- Glasses cannot be worn unless you absolutely have to. If you must wear glasses, they cannot be sunglasses or tinted glasses, and you must make sure your eyes are not covered by the frames or any glare, reflection or shadow.

4. Clothing:

- The applicant should wear their everyday clothing for the visa photo.

- Avoid wearing uniforms or clothing that may obscure the face or create confusion.

5. Lighting:

- The photo should have even lighting across the face, with no shadows.

- Avoid using flash photography, as it can cause harsh shadows and reflections.

- The photo does not have ‘red eye’

6. Printing:

- The UK visa photo should be printed on high-quality photo paper.

- The photo should be clear and in sharp focus, with no pixelation or blurriness.

- The photo should not have any creases or tears

Printed photos

You need 2 identical printed photos.

Digtial photos

If you are you are applying your Visitor Visa to the UK online, you need to upload to a digital photo.

Photos for child passports

Children must be on their own in the picture. Babies must not be holding toys or using dummies.

If the child is under 6, they don't have to be looking directly at the camera or have a neutral expression.

If the child is under 1, their eyes don't have to be open. If their head is supported by a hand, the hand mustn't be visible in the photo.

Passport photos: dos and don'ts

Examples of passport photos - described in text above



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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.

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