Make Schengen Passport / Visa Photo Online

How idPhotoDIY works

Step 1: Take passport photo using smart phone or digital camera.

  • Take the photo in front of a plain background such as white wall or screen.
  • Make sure that there are no other objects in the background.
  • Make sure there are no shadows on your face or on the background.
  • Position the camera in the same height as the head.
  • Shoulders should be visible, and there should be enough space around the head for cropping the photo.

Step 2: Upload the photo to make passport size photo.

Click here if you want to make passport / visa photos for other countries.

Passport Photo Size and Requirements

  • Photos must be 4.5 x 3.5 cm in size.
  • Head size must be between 32 mm and 36 mm or 70 - 80% of the photo.

Example Photos

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Example Photos for Children

Schengen baby passport photo

Other Passport / Visa Photo Rules, Guidelines, and Specifications

  • Two (2) recent photographs.
  • Measuring 35mm x 45mm.
  • The distance from the chin to the top of the head must be between 31mm-36 mm or 70-80%.
  • The photos must be identical and taken within the last six months.
  • The distance from the bottom of the photo to the eye line must be between 20-30mm. With good focus, clearly showing the eyes and face with both parties (and face).
  • The photograph is to present a person without headgear.
  • Not wearing eyeglasses with dark glasses.
  • Looking forward with open eyes.
  • With the natural expression of the face and mouth closed.
  • The photos must be clear, well defined and taken against a plain white or light-coloured background.
  • If the photos are digital, they must not be altered in any way.
  • You may wear non-tinted or tinted prescription glasses as long as your eyes are clearly visible. Make sure that the frame does not cover any part of your eyes. Sunglasses are not acceptable.
  • A hairpiece or other cosmetic accessory is acceptable if it does not disguise your normal appearance.
  • If you must wear a head covering for religious reasons, make sure your full facial features are not obscured.
  • The photos must show the full front view of the head, with the face in the middle of the photo, and include the top of the shoulders.

How to make Schengen Passport / Visa photo at home


Step 1: Use a digital camera or a smartphone

Find someone to take the photo for you and selfie photo is not acceptable for passport photo application. If you have a tripod, use it. A tripod will make it easier to keep the camera steady and level. The distance of the person to the camera should be around 1 meter.

Step 2: Find a venue with good lighting

When taking photo, you should face the light, such as a nice bright window or the door. This can provide even lighting to avoid shadows on the face and background. The face must be evenly lit. There should be no shadows and glares on the face.

Note: No need to worry about the background as our online passport photo generator will automatically remove or change the background for you.

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Step 3: Wear properly for your passport photo

Do not wear uniforms. Wear regular street clothes in your photo.

Do not wear eyeglasses. If you wear glasses, sunglasses, or tinted glasses, take them off for your passport photo.

Your face must still be fully visible.  Don’t let your hair drape over your face and obscure your eyes. If you have very long bangs that cover your eyebrows, you should pin them back with bobby pins. It’s best if your ears show, as well, but that won’t cause your photo to be rejected.

No hats are allowed in passport photos unless it is religious headgear such as a headscarf or yarmulke that you wear every day.

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Step 4: Pose for a passport

Look straight towards the camera with face straight on. Head should not be tilted or rotated.

Both ears showing or both edges of the face visible if hair covers the ears.

Shoulders should be visible, and there should be enough space around the head for cropping the photo.

Position the camera in the same height as the head.

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Step 5: Have a neutral facial expression

You can smile in your passport photos, but the government prefers that you have a neutral facial expression.

Smiling or having your mouth open is usually not acceptable, especially under the new international passport rules.

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Good and bad examples of passport photos

Example of passport photos

Printed passport photos

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