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A passport photo is always required when applying for a passport because that will allow the authorities to recognize you through biometric authentication. To make sure that your picture will be accepted for the demand of your HKSAR passport, you must meet certain requirements when you take it, whether in a photo booth, at a photographer's, or even at home.
When you demand a HKSAR passport, you must add three photos to your file. These will only be accepted if they meet the following criteria:
The background of your photos is also significant. Indeed, you must have your back on a white background. However, keep in mind that your picture can still be rejected, even if you have a white background. It can happen if there’s an apparent shadow (whether behind you or on your face) or if the picture is too light or too dark.
It’s important that your face is centered and fully visible. Indeed, nothing should obstruct the full visibility of your face.
Concerning your facial expression, the rules may be less strict than for other countries because you are not required to keep a neutral facial expression. In fact, you can smile slightly as long as you don't show your teeth.
A word of advice: keep it simple. You might want to look good in your passport photo because you’ll keep it for years, but you should wear something neutral. However, keep in mind that you shouldn’t wear something white since the background color is already supposed to be white, otherwise you could make the photo too light and cause it to be rejected.
You need to be recognized, remember it, that’s why it’s recommended to not wear too much makeup at the risk of not being recognized by biometrics during the controls that you will undergo. So if you want to wear makeup, it’s completely fine as long as you keep it natural.
As for the hairstyle, if you have any bangs, they must be tied back if they interfere with the vision of your eyes or eyebrows.
You can wear eyeglasses as long as there isn’t any reflection on them, and the frame is not across your eyes. If you wear contact lenses instead, you can keep them as long as they are not a different color than your natural eyes. As for sunglasses, they’re strictly prohibited as they would entirely hide your eyes.
Head coverings are not permitted, except for religious purposes.
Finally, you should remove your facial piercings if you do have any.
Lucky you, digital photos are accepted when applying for a Hong Kong Passport. Convenient, isn’t it? Indeed, being able to take your pictures from home instead of having to face the crowd in photo booths or at the photographer is completely life-changing.
As mentioned earlier, taking your Hong Kong passport photo from home is probably the easiest and fastest way to get passport photos. That's why our PhotoAiD app was designed, which allows you to take your passport photos either via the website or through the free mobile app available on Android and Apple.
The process is very simple, all you need to do is take your photos using your smartphone or a camera, and upload your favorite to our website or mobile app. Then, just let our photo editor do the rest!
Still, note the few tips we have prepared for you:
Digital photos are accepted, but a JPEG format is asked. Guess what? It’s the format proposed by PhotoAiD!
Our professional tool with artificial intelligence allows you to take your ID photos online from home for almost any official document. All you have to do is upload your photo to our online photo editor or via our mobile application for Android or Apple.
You will then have nothing to do on this side, since our software will take care of the rest.
Unlike traditional photo booths that only give you three tries to take your photos and that often lead to frustration in case of dissatisfaction, our application lets you take as many photos as you want before you even pay! You then have the possibility to back out if you consider that you are not at your best to take pictures.
Once you've chosen your photo, all you have to do is end the process by printing your photos yourself or have them delivered directly to your home (delivery will take a few days).
Photo requirements are based on: www.gov.hk
Last update: 8/17/22
💡 Can I apply for a Hong Kong Passport as a foreigner?
Yes you can, if you meet certain requirements. Indeed, you should either have the Chinese nationality or be a long-term resident of Hiong Kong.
💡 Am I a "Chinese Citizen"?
You are a "Chinese Citizen" if you fill the requirements of the Chinese law regarding the nationality when applying for a Hong Kong Passport. But more generally, if you're born in China and both or one of your parents are Chinese nationals.
💡 When my HSKAR passport will be issued?
Your file will be proceed within five working days after its deposit. Usually, it will be delivered the working day right after it's done. However, the issuing time can be a bit longer if you send your documents by mail for example.
💡 Can a minor get a Hong Kong Passport?
Sure! However, they need to add an additional form to their demand. Also, to collect the passport they need to be accompanied by their legal guardians.
💡 How can I pay for my Hong Kong Passport?
You can pay by EPS, FPS, Octopus, Cash or credit card. You can also pay by cheque to "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region".
You have lived in Hong Kong for years or simply want to move there? Applying for a passport will make your life much easier than you think when it comes to travel and for that, you need a perfect photo to guarantee the acceptance of your application. Did you know that with this passport, you could have free access to 175 countries without a visa?
You’re eligible to apply if you belong to one of the following categories:
There are several ways to apply for a Hong Kong Passport, depending on what you’re applying for it. If your passport is altered, defaced, lost, unavailable, or needs an update of personal information, the application has to be done in person.
For any other reason, you’re allowed to apply :
Note that you can even do it through the Internet or the dedicated mobile application if you’re able to pick up your new passport in person at the chosen immigration office, the Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Mission, or at the Immigration Divisions of the Mainland Offices.
The appointment has to be taken on this website once you’ve decided which way was the most convenient for you.
The application form itself isn’t enough, you always need to provide some passport pictures and a Hong Kong permanent ID card (or something justifying that you applied for it). In case you weren’t born in Hong Kong, you need additional documents to prove your Chinese identity:
You gather all the needed documents, and you will now have to spend some money in order to get your Hong Kong passport issued. The price differs depending on your age :
But it also differs depending on your situation. Indeed, if you’re requesting a new passport for some personal details changes, it will cost you 84 Hong Kong dollars (around 10 USD).
Compared to some other countries, the issuing time is pretty quick. Indeed, the application process usually takes five working days after the transmission of the file. Usually, the passport is issued the next day following the completion of the process. You might want to know that it will take some additional days if you issued it in other ways than in person. Be aware that it can also take more time if your passport picture doesn’t meet the requirements, so you might want to make sure that everything is perfect before sending it.
In some exceptional circumstances, you might be able to get your passport quicker if you can show how important your demand is.
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