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Oman Visa for UAE residents traveling by road

Dreaming of Australia's golden beaches, vibrant cities, and the majestic outback? Begin your journey with the essential step: getting your Australian visa or passport photo right.

At iVisa, we strive to make travel as easy as possible with our streamlined visa applications and guidelines on our mobile app.

Ready for an adventure? Don’t let a simple snapshot keep you away from the experience of a lifetime. Let’s unpack everything you need about strict photo size and requirement guidelines.

Photo Specs

  • Size: 35mm to 40mm width. 45mm to 50mm in length.

  • Color: Color only.

  • Head size and position: 32mm to 36mm. Not tilted or slumped. Centered.

  • Recency: Not older than six months.

  • Background: Solid, plain white, or grey. It must give depth to the face.

  • Smile: Only a neutral expression.

  • Eyes: Wide open and directed at the camera.

  • Glasses: Non-thick framed and prescription.

  • Headgear: Not blocking the face and religious apparel only.

  • Dimensions and size (pixels): Not specified.

  • Attire, clothing, and dress code: Opt for business casual when in doubt.

  • Beard: Optional.

  • Quantity needed in application: 2

Australia passport photo requirements: detailed guidelines

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A snippet of how to take these photos is above. There are several additional guidelines and rules to consider before snapping away. To assure government compliance, be sure you understand the following requirements:

  • Every application needs two photos. This is true for everyone, including children.

  • Relaxed, natural expressions allow for better facial recognition than one with a smile. Resist the temptation to smile. The mouth needs to be closed completely and not open.

  • Facial piercings are allowed so long as they do not give off a reflection or black the visibility of your face.

  • If you wear prescription glasses daily, they can be worn in the photo as long as there is no glare or obstruction on your eyes. Sunglasses or ‘transition’ lenses with any tint are not allowed.

  • No one else should be in the photo with you.

  • A photo older than six months will not be accepted.

  • Your hair can be down as long as the face can be clearly seen. Headpieces such as hats, beanies, or hair accessories are not permitted. Headgear for religious purposes is OK if the face is not blocked.

For pictures taken digitally:

  • No retouching of the picture in any way. This includes red eye removal or smoothing out blemishes or other skin issues.

  • Camera used must be 1.2 meters away at the very least.

  • High-quality, glossy photo paper must be used for prints.

  • Use good lighting so the face has the same light on every part.

Passport and visa photo rules and requirements for babies, infants, and newborns

Each child receiving a passport or visa will need to have a photo. Group shots are not acceptable. Every child must be photographed separately; this includes infants. Kids are trickier and take more time to take proper photos. Don’t let that discourage you, though. The Australian government understands and allows for looser regulations regarding children:

  • Children under three can have their mouths open, but their eyes must be open.

  • No one can be in the photo with them.

  • Toys, bottles, and other objects are prohibited in the photo.

  • The face and tops of the shoulders need to be squared with the camera. The child’s head cannot be tilted.

  • Kids over three are expected to be photographed as outlined above.

  • All photos must comply with technical rules and regulations regarding sizing, color, brightness, and contrast.

Need more information?

For more information about Australia’s passport photo requirements and guidelines, visit the official government website.

You can read our comprehensive guide to Australia for more information regarding visa requirements and traveling to the country.

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