United Kingdom Visa (35x45 mm) Photo Size Requirements and Online Tool

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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

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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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How to make United Kingdom Visa photo online

Step 1: Take a picture with a digital camera or a smartphone

Make sure someone takes your passport photo for you. Selfies are not accepted. Make use of your tripod if you have one. By using a tripod, you will be able to keep the camera level and steady. Ideally, the person should be around 1 meter away from the camera.

Pspport photo good examples


Step 2: Choose a venue with appropriate lighting

Face a bright window or the door when taking a photo. In this way, shadows can be avoided on the face and in the background. It is essential that the face is evenly lit. Ensure that the face is free of shadows and glares.

Note: You do not need to worry about the background, since our online passport photo generator will automatically do it for you.

passport photo lighting and shadows


Step 3: Dress appropriately for your passport photo

Uniforms should not be worn. Put on regular street clothes for your photo.

Eyeglasses should not be worn. You should remove any sunglasses, tinted glasses, or glasses that you wear if you are taking a passport photo.

Ensure that your face is fully visible. Make sure your hair doesn't cover your face or obscure your eyes. In the case of very long bangs covering your eyebrows, pin them back with bobby pins. Although it's better to show your ears as well, that won't stop your photo from being accepted.

Passport photos don't allow hats unless they're religious headgear such as a headscarf or yarmulke.

passport photo attire, hats and hair

passport photo face obstruction

Step 4: Pose for a passport photo

Face the camera straight on and look straight at it. Avoid tilting or rotating the head.

It is important that the shoulders are visible, and there should be enough space around the head to crop the picture.

Make sure the camera is at the same level as the head.

passport photo pose


Step 5: Maintain neutral facial expressions

It's okay to smile in your passport photo, but the government prefers you to have a neutral facial expression.

Under the new international passport rules, it is usually not acceptable to smile or have your mouth open.

acceptable passport photo

Unacceptable passport photo


Good and bad examples of passport photos

Example of passport photos

Printed passport photos

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