A passport photo must be less than six months old, and certain requirements must be met.Your passport photo must be a portrait image and in colour. Your photo can be taken either by a professional service or by a friend. No selfies will be accepted.
Your photo must be:
portrait photo with a 4:3 aspect ratio, or 3:4 on a smartphone
(scans of physical photos are not acceptable)
.jpg or .jpeg format
250KB and 5MB
900 and 4500 pixels wide, and 1200 and 6000 pixels high.
The background and your face should be in strong contrast.
Expressions and positions
Framing the photo
Refer to Figure 1 (below) for help with correct framing of the subject. Use values for A, B, C and D to correctly position the head. Frame the photo so that:
- The subject is centred with the midpoints of the mouth and nose lying on an imaginary vertical centreline.
- The length of the head is equal to A
- The width of the head is equal to B
- The eyes are positioned between points C and D
- Ensure there is a clear gap (visible background) around the entire head, including the hair and/or ears.
Figure 1 - Framing the subject
file type - .JPG or .JPEG
file size - between 250 KB to 5 MB
aspect ratio - 4:3
pixels - no less than 1200 wide by 900 high or no greater than 6000 wide by 4500 high (show diagrams)
Rotate the camera or mobile phone for a portrait photo.
Don't wear tinted or thick-framed glasses
If your prescription glasses are not tinted or thick-framed, you can wear them in your photo.Sunglasses are not allowed.
In the event that you wear glasses in your photo, ensure that:
is a clear gap between your eyes and the frames
is no glare or flash reflection on the lenses.
Take off hats, hoods, headbands and heads
- A head covering must not be worn in the photo unless it is worn for religious or medical reasons.You will need an endorsement in your passport if you do.
a head covering for religious or medical reasons, make sure your face is fully visible.
Do not use filters or digitally alter your image
Your appearance should not be digitally altered in any way. Do not use a filter or change
look using photo editing software.
The photographer should stand around 1.5m away from you and hold the camera at eye
because if the camera is too close to your face, your nose and forehead may appear larger and your ears less visible.
aspect ratio - 4:3
two identical photos