As a guide here are the Visa and Passport photo requirements that need to be met for your application to be accepted.

  • You must make sure photos for your passport or visa meet all the rules – your application might be delayed if you don’t.
  • Check your application form to see how many photos you need to provide.

Photo size

Your photos must be professionally printed and 45 millimetres (mm) high by 35mm wide – the standard size used in photo booths in the UK. Standard sizes in photo booths outside the UK can be different – make sure you get the right size.

You can’t use photos that have been cut down from larger pictures.

The photos

Your photos must be:

  • in colour on plain white photographic paper
  • taken against a plain cream or light grey background
  • identical
  • taken within the last month
  • clear and in focus
  • without any tears or creases
  • unmarked on both sides (unless a photo needs to be countersigned)
  • unaltered by computer software

The image of you

Your photos must show a close-up of your full head and shoulders. It must be only of you with no other objects or people.

The image of you – from the crown of your head to your chin – must be between 29mm and 34mm high (see example below).

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

Your photos may be rejected unless they show you:

  • facing forward and looking straight at the camera
  • with a neutral expression and your mouth closed
  • without anything covering the face
  • in clear contrast to the background
  • without a head covering (unless it’s worn for religious or medical reasons)
  • with eyes open, visible and free from reflection or glare from glasses
  • with your eyes not covered by sunglasses, tinted glasses, glasses frames or hair
  • without any ‘red eye’
  • without any shadows in the picture

If you’d like to find out more about our express visa/passport service call us on 01635 278178.