United Arab Emirates Visa Photo

United Arab Emirates Visa Photo

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UAE Visa Photo: Size and Requirements

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Width: 43 mm
Height: 55 mm
300 dpi
Image definition parameters
  • Head height: 40 mm
  • Top of the Photo to Top of the Hair: 5 mm
Is it suitable for online submission?
Is it printable?
Background Color

How to take a photo?

Body-camera distance
Body-camera distance
Posture: Straight ahead
Posture: Straight ahead
Posture: Straight ahead
Even lighting on both sides of the face
Even lighting on both sides of the face
Even lighting on both sides of the face

Dubai Visa Photo Requirements

When you want to take the right photo for your United Arab Emirates visa, make sure everything is perfect, as even the tiniest mistake can make reject your application. Especially when visiting Dubai, a city known for its opulence and perfection. You don't want to travel to a perfect city and take a terrible photo, do you?

Remember, if something seems off, don't try to fix it by erasing birthmarks, scars, tattoos, or even red-eye, since this could result in your UAE visa application being denied.

You can receive a professional photo service by using our visa photo editor, which will set your passport photo to the appropriate dimensions and modify it to meet the UAE visa photo standards.

Visa photo size and dimension

The dimension of the picture for the visa should be 43x55 mm. For the online application, the picture should be 300 px wide and 369 px high.


Let's have a look at the specifications for your Dubai visa photo's background:

  • There must be no patterns on the backdrop, which must be white or off-white.
  • Color images are preferred; black and white photos will be rejected.
  • You must be in the center of the photograph, with your face taking up 70% to 80% of the image.
  • In the photo, your head, hair, ears, and shoulders must be visible.
  • The photo should be of acceptable quality, with no glares, shadows, or over or under exposure. It should also depict your true skin tone.
  • Your Dubai visa photo must be printed on high-quality photo paper without any blemishes, wrinkles, staples, or other damage.

Facial expression 

The expression in a professional photo like the one for a visa must be neutral, the mouth has to be closed, the eyes have to be open, the gaze must be frontal to the camera and the head must not be bent.

Clothes and accessories

There has to be a strong separation between you and the white background, it's recommended to wear something other than black, for example, in a solid dark hue (blues, purples, or greens should suffice!)

If you must, you may wear eyeglasses, but they must not hide your eyes or eyebrows. Make sure the glasses don't have any glare. Sunglasses aren't allowed.

Only religious headgear is permitted, but make sure that it does not obscure your face, as your forehead, chin, and other facial characteristics must be visible. Fashion items like hats, headbands, and other headgear are not permitted.

UAE visa photo requirements for minors 

Babies and kids have to have the visa photo too, and might be a bit more tricky to get a good photo of the small babies, let’s see the main point to follow: 

the baby's face should be as neutral as possible, and he or she should stare directly at the camera. The baby must be photographed alone; the parent or guardian cannot hold her, and no hands are allowed to be visible in the visa photo. If the kid is unable to stand, the photograph should be taken from above while they are lying down. Toys or dummies are not permitted in the photograph.

How does the Dubai Visa Photo tool work?

Our photo tool editor can modify your photo to meet the specifications of the UAE visa photo. You can be sure that your photo will be accepted when you use our photo app since we provide a 100 percent guarantee. So, what does the photo app have to offer?

The program resizes your photo to fit the document's specifications, ensuring that it has the necessary resolution and proportions. It either removes the background entirely or modifies it so that it is appropriate for the document. In most circumstances, the background is white or light; nonetheless, some documents require a blue background. All conceivable background colors are covered by the application.

PhotoAiD tool crops and frames the entire photograph accurately. As a result, the face is in the center of the photo and aligned with the document's standards. It also serves as a validator and employs artificial intelligence to check images, which means it can check for undesirable shadows (on the shoulders, face, or backdrop), whether the head is centred in the shot (not slanted), whether the eyes are open enough, and so on.

How to take a Dubai visa photo with your phone?

There is a UAE visa photo app available for Android in the Play Store and for iPhone in the App Store. It is really easy to use, once you have downloaded the app, you can simply take a photo or upload it from your device. The app will automatically modify the photo by removing the background and taking off the shadows. With PhotoAiD you don’t have to look for a photographer or passport booth, you can do everything from your home, and you can receive a printed copy to your address or download a digital version!

Can I use a digital photo for a UAE visa?

Yes you can, if you apply online, there are different ways, you can download some apps for your phone like: GDRFA Duba‪i‬, ICA eChannels or Dubai Now on Google Play and App Store.

In this case you will need a digital photo which you can easily take on our photo editor.

Why you should use our photo editor

You should use PhotoAiD because in this way you don't have to worry about whether or not your photo is correct because our photo editor reviews every photo that is uploaded and determines whether or not it is appropriate for the document you are asking for. The authorities will accept your photo once PhotoAiD has verified that it is correct.

Last update: 11/30/22

Frequently Asked Questions

❓ To enter in the UAE do you need a visa?

This depends on what state you are residing in, some states will require a visa, others will not. The visa varies depending on the period and reason for the visit.

❓ How much does the visa cost?

The cost of a visa varies according to how long you intend to remain in the UAE. The following are some of the most basic places to stay in the UAE:

  • a 48-hour visa costs $10,
  • a 96-hour visa costs $30,
  • a short-term single tourist entry costs $90,
  • a short-term multiple tourist entry costs $175,
  • a long-term single tourist entry costs $190 - $230.

❓ What is the photo size for the Dubai visa?

The dimension of the picture for the visa should be 35x45 mm. For the electronic application, the picture should be 300 px wide and 369 px high.

After booking your Emirates ticket, you can apply for your UAE visa online. For residents and nationalities of numerous countries across the world, internet visa application services are accessible.

Is not possible to smile in a visa photo, you must have a neutral expression.

We recommend wearing dark clothes to have a contrast with the white background.

You can take your Dubai visa photo with your phone, digital camera, or tablet. You can take your visa photo with one of the numerous photo apps available. We recommend using the PhotoAiD program, which will crop and alter your visa photo parameters, including the backdrop, to ensure that your Dubai visa photo is approved for your visa application and that you are ready to go!

Yes, depending on the visa is possible to get it at the airport, or online.

You need to renew your visa before expiration if you want to avoid feed, and the UAE government grants a 30-day grace period for all visa holders.

Getting a UAE visa takes approximately 3 to 4 working days.

About the document

Who needs a visa to go to the UAE?

To enter Dubai for any length of time, all US citizens must have a round-trip ticket and a passport valid for more than six months. Tourists who plan to remain in the United Arab Emirates for fewer than 30 days can receive a free visitor visa when they are entering the country. 

Your nationality determines whether or not you require a UAE visa. Some nationals are able to enter the UAE without a visa or get one upon arrival, while others must obtain one before departure.

Type of UAE visa and cost

The cost depends on the length of validity of the visa, for example:

  • For the 48 hours visa, it cost 10$ US and it is non‑extendable.
  • For the 96‑hour which is 4 days from arrival date, it cost 30$ US, non‑extendable.
  • Tourist short-term or single entry is 30 days from arrival date, costing 90$ US, in this case, it is extendable for 230$ US.
  • Tourist short term or multiple entries is 30 days from the first entry and cost 175$ US also extendable for 230$ US.
  • Tourist long term with a single entry is 90 days from arrival date, it costs 190$ US and is extendable for 230$ US.
  • Tourist long term with multiple entries is 90 days from first entry, cost 460 $ US, it is extendable for 230$ US.

What documents do you need for the UAE visa?

When you applying for the visa make sure to have all documents need, here a list of what you gonna need:

  • Passport valid for more than six months;
  • A copy of the relevant pages of the passport;
  • Original local ID and its copy;
  • Application form;
  • Return tickets with confirmation;
  • Receipt of paid visa fee;
  • Photo must meet visa requirements;
  • Copies of valid and used visas (if you have an old passport, you need to attach a copy of its first page and copies of pages with previous visas and stamps);
  • Documents confirming financial solvency;
  • Proof of lodging, such as your home address, a hotel, etc;
  • If you are not a citizen of your country of residence, you must show proof of lawful residency in the form of a valid visa or residence permit.

Type of Visa to the United Arab Emirates 

The government of the United Arab Emirates grants a variety of visas and entry permits. They can be classified as follows, depending on the reason of your visit:

  • business visa,
  • tourist visa,
  • transit visa,
  • student visa,
  • retirement visa,
  • visa for residents and their companions.

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