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Russian Visa Photo - Requirements & Size

Russian Visa Photo Online Tool
Width: 35 mm
Height: 45 mm
600 dpi
Image definition parameters
  • Head height: 33 mm
  • Top of the Photo to Top of the Hair: 5 mm
Is it suitable for online submission?
Is it printable?
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How to make 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

There are many reasons to want to see the largest world country which occupies one-tenth of all the land on Earth! If you want to travel to some of the cities of Russia like a beautiful capital Moscow or equally delightful Petersburg and you already plan a journey to the country of most famous writers like Leo Tolstoy or Fyodor Dostoevsky, you might need a visa. 

However, it might be not that simple.The Russian consulate rejects many visa applications every day because of not meeting the official government requirements. This is why you have to be sure that your one going to be accepted! 

Russian Visa photo guidelines

While the whole process of applying for a visa might be stressful, time-consuming and exhausting, we prepared a guide for you to make it easy and fast!

According to Russian visa rules you must provide two biometric photographs of yourself. Make sure you provide a fully correct photograph if you don’t want to start your application process over again (including paying the Russia visa fees).

Read on to find out about:

  • The Russian visa photo dimensions 
  • What is the demanded background and how to obtain it
  • How to take the right visa photograph
  • What are the most common mistakes and how to avoid them
  • How to crop and edit your visa photo with a professional photo tool which does not violate the official rules and verifies your photo in terms of the Russian visa photos standards

Russian visa photo size

The dimensions regarding photos to Russian visa are 35 mm x 45 mm where the size of face must be minimum 32 mm and maximum 36 mm. Be sure to know them because it can cause rejection if they will be wrong. To avoid mistakes, use our intelligent photo editor which measures and crops them regarding Russian requirements.


The background for a Russian visa photo must be light gray and free of shadows, patterns and other visible objects or people. If you are not able to prepare the required background, you can use a tool which removes unsuitable background and makes it any color you need! Just use a dedicated tool on the Photo AiD site.


The best light is natural (daylight). A photo must reproduce your skin tones accurately. Both sides of the face must be evenly illuminated. Remember, that you cannot edit by yourself any wrinklers, scars, tattoos or ‘red-eyes’, etc. Use our visa photo maker instead. It will retouch your photo like in a professional photo studio without violating the visa photos rules.

Head position 

The applicant’s head must be square to the camera, they cannot look down or to either side. In the picture all the head with hair must be visible, also a neck and optionally upper part of the shoulders.The camera lens must be at the eye level of the photographed person. 

Facial expression

A neutral expression with your mouth closed and eyes open is the must! Don’t smile, frow or wiggle your eyebrow because your picture will be declined. Try to look the most relaxed and natural as possible. Some people say that the biometric photo looks a bit like a mugshot and we agree. But that’s a requirement and it is demanded to facilitate the process of machine-reading of photos. Smiling might distort face recognition, that’s why it is not allowed.


The candidate’s eyes must be well visible and recognizable. If you don’t need to wear glasses, take them off. Make sure also that your hair doesn't cover your eyes’ line or any unnecessary shadows.


If you want to be sure your photo will be accepted, take off your glasses (also sunglasses are not acceptable). If you must wear glasses for medical reasons and you really cannot take them off, remember that there must not be any glare on the glass and the frame cannot cover any part of your eyes. Moreover, there should not be shadows or refraction on your face.

Hats and head coverings

Hats aren’t permitted but head wear which you must wear because of medical or religious reasons (except niqabs which are forbidden) can be kept if it does not obscure your face. Face of the applicant must be visible from the lower tip of the chin to the crown of the head.

Jewellery and piercing

In general there are no special rules about facial piercing and jewellery but a main requirement for biometric photos is that such accessories must not obscure your face nor give a glare on the skin. If you have a facial piercing, you do not need to remove it. If you like jewellery, choose some small pieces just to be sure that massive earrings or ear clips do not ‘touch’ your face oval line. 


Beard is allowed if you normally wear it, you can keep it for the photo. Don’t grow it if you normally don’t wear it because your face must be recognizable for an immigration officer.


The clothing for the visa photo can be everyday/casual. There are no special requirements in this term. However, uniforms must not be worn, turtlenecks or sleeveless t-shirts are not really acceptable. Your neck should be visible as well as shoulders but not in an extravagant way.

Russian Visa Photo Mobile App

If you decide to take photos with your iPhone or smartphone with Android and you know a little how to use the app, we would like to convince you even more to use the possibilities of our services!

First of all, when you use the PhotoAiD app or online photo editor, you don't need to prepare the background. This photo tool will remove the background from the photo itself, making it completely white and without any patterns.

Second of all, the app works like a photo resizer which will change the size of your Russian visa photo to the correct dimensions and prepares the correct frame from which you can print the photos or send a printed version.

Last of all, our online photo maker and app work like a visa photo checker. Intelligent software verifies the position of the head, its height in the photo and visibility of all biometric features of the face. It also checks if the picture has correct contrast and lighting. When there is something wrong, you are informed that you need to repeat the shot.

Use our professional service and do not worry that your Russian visa photo will be rejected!

Common mistakes in Russian visa photos and how to avoid them

At the beginning of this guide, it was mentioned that the rejection of visa applications is common in Russia. Therefore, what to do to avoid the denilas then? Read this simple description of the most common mistakes to find out what to NOT do. 

What you should avoid while taking photos to your Russian visa:

  • Twisted body - remember that your body has to be straight and face forward the camera
  • Face covered - like was mentioned above, face can’t be covered by any items, objects, other people, your hard or any shadows
  • Smile - smiling's not appreciate, you should not show your teeth, the facial expression has to be neutral
  • Hair blowing in the wind - knowing that the photo is to an important document be sure that your hairs are styled enough to look good in your visa
  • Neck obscured - jewellers as well as turtlenecks or uniforms aren’t permitted so don’t wear anything which will cover your neck 
  • Harsh light - don’t take photos on the night, choose a daylight and a bright room instead
  • Glasses - for Russian visa photos is better to take them off, especially if they have thick frames or reflect the light
  • Blending with background - you have to stand out coloristically from the background so do not wear a grey shirt if the background is grey too 
  • Low resolution - the camera parameters are important as well, be sure that photos you take are in focus, sharp and have enough contrast.

Besides mistakes, there are some DON’TS regarding photos to Russian visa:

  • DON’T upload a picture taken long time back (the photo has to be recent)
  • DON’T copy or cut a piece of the other image
  • DON’T overexpose or underexpose the photo
  • DON’T change it by computer software
  • DON’T print on the home printer and/or on low-quality paper
  • DON’T submit a damaged or blurred photo that is of bad quality and out of contrast.

Frequently Asked Questions

💡 What size photo do I need for Russian visa?

The size of photo to Russian visa is 35 mm x 45 mm where the face fills minimum 32 mm and maximum 36 mm. Be sure to know them because it can cause rejection if they will be wrong.

💡 How to crop accordingly a Russia visa photo?

Your head, neck and upper part of shoulders must fill in 70-80% of the image. The best way to obtain this image is to stand 0.5 meters away from the background and 1,5 meters from the camera. But if your head is too small, do not worry - you can crop it automatically with the Cropping Photo Tool.

💡 Can I smile in a Russia visa photo?

Smiling is forbidden as well as showing teeth so be sure that your facial expression is neutral and you do not wiggle your eyebrows or grimaces.

Beard is allowed if you normally wear it, you can keep it for the photo. Don’t grow it if you normally don’t wear it because your face must be recognizable for an immigration officer.

Check out our service and the possibilities that our Photo App gives you like editing your visa photos, resizes, romoving background, etc. Check all the capabilities. We promise you will be satisfied!

You need collect required documents and check if you apply or maybe you are from one of the visa-free countries. Check the requirements and submit: a valid passport, a Russian visa application form, two color photographs, identity and civil status documents, a proof of clean criminal record, etc.

Validity depends on the type of visa you are applying. A tourist visa can only last 30 days while some others can be extended more. Most are working from 90 days up to 6 months.

Use a photo validation tool and don't worry that your visa will be rejected! The photo you order on our site is always a correct one and meets all the requirements.

All headgears used as a part of a attire for religious or medical reasons, like yarmulke, headscarf, hat etc. are allowed while taking an official photograph to a Russian visa.

Tinted glasses and sunglasses are not allowed. If you need to keep them, make sure that they not obscure your eyes and do not give any reflections or glares.

About the document

Russian Visa

The visa policy of Russia deals with the requirements which a foreign national wishing to enter the Russian Federation must meet to obtain a visa, which is a permit to travel to, enter, and remain in the country. 

Visa exemptions are based on bilateral or multilateral agreements. Russia has agreements with scores of countries whose citizens are either exempt from visas or can apply for a visa online (e-visa). Citizens of countries without such an agreement with Russia must obtain a visa in advance from a Russian diplomatic mission or visa centre.

Travelling to Russia without a visa 

If you didn’t start the application process for a visa you might wonder if you actually need one! There is a list of countries that can travel visa-free to Russia. There is a list of countries and territories whose citizens are able to visit Russia without obtaining a visa.

The list of visa exemption countries:

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Armenia 
  • Azerbaijan 
  • Belarus 
  • Bolivia 
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Chile
  • Columbia
  • Cuba 
  • Croatia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Israel
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kirghiz Republic
  • Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Mozambique
  • Nicaragua
  • Peru
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • The Republic of South Africa
  • Thailand
  • Tajikistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Venezuela

Russian visas types

There are several types of visas that Russia can issue:

  • Tourist visa
  • Business visa
  • Private visa
  • Humanitarian visa
  • Work visa
  • Student visa
  • Transit visa

You have to choose a visa which suits the best nature of your travelling to Russia. For visiting purposes, the best is a Russian tourist visa.

Russian Tourist Visa

This visitor visa or the tourist visa allows its holder to enter Russia for the purposes of tourism, holidays in Russia or visiting family. 

Those who need a Russian visa may apply for it online or on paper at one of the Visa Application Centres. This type of visa is not a warranty of entrance to the country. It only allows you to go to a Russian port of entry and ask for permission to enter the country. A Border Patrol Officer will decide whether to grant or deny your entry based on your documents and your situation.

Once you enter the country, you are allowed to travel around Russia for a certain period as long as you are in good financial standing. You are not allowed to work or study, and you will not be allowed to file for health care or other governmental benefits.

Russian tourist visa application requirements

To apply for a Russian visa - no matter if you choose an online or traditional way - you must submit:

  • a valid passport
  • a Russian visa application form
  • two color photographs meeting all the requirements
  • identity and civil status documents
  • proof of clean criminal record
  • proof of being in good health through a medical exam
  • a bank statement or a letter of employment showing annual earnings
  • a return flight ticket to prove that you will return to your home country once the Russian visa expires
  • a cover letter that explains the purpose of your travel to Russia
  • a letter of support/invitation to Russia if you go to visit family or friends
  • visa fees paying-in slip

Visa processing time

The Russian tourist visa processing time depends on the country you live in and ranges around 20 days. The best idea is to start the process at least 6 weeks before a planned trip to Russia.

Russian visa validity

Validity varies regarding the type of visa you are applying for. A tourist visa can only last 30 days while some others can be extended more. Most are working from 90 days up to 6 months.

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