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Every country has certain standards and measurements that need to be respected when taking a passport photo. To apply for a Greek passport, the following rules need to be followed:
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The person should be looking straight into the camera for their Greek passport photo without turning their head to the side. Pictures in which too much side profile is shown will not be accepted. It is important that the eyes are open and the mouth is closed. The facial expression should be neutral, meaning no grimaces like squinting, frowning or raised eyebrows and no smiling, not even with a closed mouth.
When taking a picture for a Greek passport at home, it is crucial to pay attention to some technical details which a professional photo studio would normally do automatically. With the right technique and the appropriate app, it is still possible to take excellent passport photos from the comfort of one’s home.
The positioning and strength of the light sources are important for a good Greek passport photo. Shadows covering one side of the face or the eyes should be avoided. Exactly like shadows, so-called “hot spots” should be avoided as well. They appear when the skin strongly reflects the light in a certain area, which is shown as a white spot in the photo. Therefore it is best to shoot in a place with multiple light sources from different directions to get the best result possible.
The picture for a Greek passport should be printed in high quality without pixels or stripes on white photographic paper with natural colors. If there are shadows, spots or other flaws from printing, it might not be accepted. The same goes for exaggerated coloring of the face and the red eye effect. The distinction between head and background must be clear, which is also why a neutral background is so important. Any kind of filter or special effect of the lense (i.e. fish eye effect) is forbidden; overall the picture must look natural, realistic and recognisable.
Oftentimes people are wondering what exactly they are allowed to wear on a Greek passport photo and what kind of accessories are unproblematic. To sum this up in one simple sentence: The face and especially the eyes must be completely visible. However, there are also exceptions.
Anything that covers too much of the face and especially the eyes is problematic for Greek passport photos. Colorful sunglasses or any glasses that reflect light in the photo and therefore cover the person’s eyes should be avoided. It is however recommended to wear glasses in the picture if this is usually the case. To avoid light reflection, it usually suffices to choose a slightly different angle from which to take the picture from.
The same thing goes for the hair; it should never cover the eyes or the face and should be kept away from the face for the Greek passport picture, in case the hairstyle is naturally cut that way. Bigger or more bushy hair is no problem as long as the face is visible.
The head should be uncovered in Greek passport photos. This means, accessories like scarfs, hats and similar things are a no-go.
Sometimes however, people need to cover their head and face and can’t make an exception even when taking a photo for their Greek passport. The good news is that some exceptions are allowed.
Covering one’s head for religious reasons, for example with a hijab or a kippah is allowed in Greek passport photos. However, the face must be visible from the chin up to the forehead.
If parts of the face must be covered during the photoshoot for a Greek passport for medical reasons, as ist the case with eye bandages, a medical certificate must be handed in additionally stating that the face is covered for health reasons.
Last update: 12/6/22
❓ What size are Greek passport photos?
Greek passport photos need to be 40 mm wide and 60 mm high. The picture you use should be as recent as possible and definitely not older than 6 months.
❓ Will my passport photo be accepted?
A Greek state employee will review all your documents and decide if they will be accepted. However, if you use the PhotoAid tool, you don't have to worry about the wrong measurements and an unsuitable background of your passport photo.
❓ What are the requirements for a Greek passport photo?
A Greek passport photo must be 40 mm wide and 60 mm high. It should be in color with the full face on the picture looking with a neutral expression into the camera. The background needs to be white and the eyes should be open and clearly visible.
❓ Can I print my Greek passport picture?
Yes, there are several online tools which make it possible. You can take a picture, upload it to the PhotoAid Website and print it out. Make sure to use photo paper for the required quality.
❓ Can I use an old photo for my Greek passport?
The photo should be as recent as possible and should not be older than 6 months. It is best to take a new photo shortly before the application. You can simply use your phone, upload the picture to the Passport Photo Online app and print it out right after.
❓ Can I smile on my Greek passport photo?
The face should look as neutral as possible. Smiling, especially with teeth, is not recommended since the photo might not be accepted.
❓ Can I wear makeup for my Greek passport?
Some Makeup is no problem, as long as you are still recognizable as the person on the picture, even if you're not wearing any. As soon as makeup causes strong color changes and different features than your natural face, it is not recommended.
❓ How long does it take to get a Greek password?
The whole process takes up to 4-5 weeks after application. It is only possible to apply for a Greek passport once Greek citizenship has been confirmed.
❓ Can I print my photo for my Greek passport myself?
The easiest way to get a digital passport photo is with our PhotoAid tool. You can upload a photo from your gallery, which will then be transformed into a passport photo with the required measurements and a white background by the app.
❓ Can I edit my photo for my Greek passport?
You can use tools like PhotoAid to edit out the background and crop it to the right measurements. However, you should not use filters or beauty edits on your face because the picture needs to look like you in real life.
After sending all necessary documents to the Passport Office in Greece, a letter will be sent back in case the requirements haven’t been met. If everything is fine, the documents will be processed further until the passport is sent to the Passport Office again after approximately 4-5 weeks. It can be picked up from there with proof of payment for the deposit.
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