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Schengen 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


Schengen Visa is a type of visa that allows individuals to travel freely within the Schengen Area, which comprises 26 European countries. This visa is particularly beneficial for travelers who plan to visit multiple countries within this region as it eliminates the need for multiple visas.


A Schengen Visa photo is an essential requirement when applying for a Schengen Visa. The photo must adhere to specific guidelines to ensure its acceptance by the visa authorities.

Size:The photograph should be 35mm x 45mm in size. The head should be between 32mm and 36mm from chin to crown.

Background: The background should be plain and light-colored, preferably white or light grey. It should have no patterns, shadows, or objects.

Lighting: The photo should have uniform lighting, with no harsh shadows on the face. The face should be clearly visible, with no red-eye or glare.

Expression: The applicant should have a neutral facial expression, with both eyes open and looking directly at the camera. The mouth should be closed, and there should be no smiling, frowning, or raised eyebrows.

Head position: The head should be centered and facing the camera directly. The face should occupy about 70-80% of the photo area. The ears should be visible, and the forehead should not be covered.

Attire: The applicant should wear normal clothing that contrasts with the background. Headwear is only allowed for religious or medical reasons, but it must not cover the face.

Glasses: If the applicant wears glasses, the eyes should be clearly visible, with no reflections or glare. Sunglasses and tinted glasses are not allowed, except for medical reasons.

Photo quality: The photo should be printed on high-quality photo paper with a resolution of at least 600 dpi. It should be sharp and clear, with no visible pixels or blurriness.

Date: The photo should not be older than six months.

Photo specifications: The photo should be submitted in color, not black and white. It should have a matte or semi-matte finish and should not be digitally altered or retouched.

Why 123PassportPhoto?

  • Save money: You don't need to pay so much for your passport photo. With 123PassportPhoto service, you can make your own passport photos and print it yourself.
  • Save time: Just take a photo using digital camera, then upload and create passport photo with 3 steps. It takes less than 5 minutes to be ready for download.
  • White background enhancement: Our premium feature can help you to adjust the photo so that you can get a white background passport photo. Most countries prefer white background passport photos.
  • Ultra high resolution photo: 123PassportPhoto generates passport photos suitable for 600 dpi printing.
  • We support 50+ countries such as USA, UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, China, Singapore, Russia, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Argentina and more.

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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