Tip 1 Review all relevant paperwork for requirements, specifications and regulations about proper passport, citizenship, visa and ID photos. This is a non-government site and whilst every effort is made to ensure the information is correct and up to date on our website, there may be changes which we are not aware of. You should confirm details or any concerns with the Consulate or Embassy Office of the countries you need the photos for.
Tip 2 Wear a solid-colored shirt like a common button up, polo shirt or T-shirt, don't wear white shirt or blouse. Do not wear your work uniform. To make an even better photo pick a shirt color that flatters your skin tone. If you have pale skin, try navy or dark green. If your skin has gold tones, choose an orange or deep brown shirt, while people with olive or dark skin will look good in vibrant shades of red or blue. I suggest you dress somewhat formally and conservatively, because the people who examine your passport tend to be pretty conservative. There are countries where dress that is too casual or revealing can get you into trouble, so make sure the passport photo is somewhat conservative - because you'll be using it for the next 10 years!
Tip 3 Pat some oil-absorbing face powder on your forehead and nose just before taking the photo. Powder will prevent your skin from looking oily or shinny causing a glare. Women can apply a bit of mascara, blush and clear lip gloss to look polished but not overly made-up. This is not the time to get creative or try that new electric green eye shadow.
Tip 4 If you wear prescription glasses on a daily bases you can try to wear them while taking the photo. Tilt them down on your nose slightly to prevent a glare since all countries requirements stat they do not allow your passport photo to have any glare on the glasses.
We recommend you take off your glasses as it will guarantee your photo passing. If you must wear your glasses there cannot be any glare anywhere on the glass and the frame cannot cover any part of your eyes. Tinted Glasses are not allowed.
Tip 5 Let your hair down. Brush out any tangles, or use your fingers to fluff out your strands if you have curly hair. Rub a bit of gel over the top of your head to smooth down any flyaway hairs. We recommend you trim your facial hair like bread or mustache as it will be while traveling. The closer you look to your photo, the fewer problems you will have.
Page last updated 3/24/2016
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