Saudi Arabia Online Visa Photo

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Saudi Arabia Online Visa Photo: requirements

Saudi Arabia e-Visa Photo
Width: 2 in
Height: 2 in
300 dpi
Image definition parameters
  • Head height: 1.29 in
  • Bottom of the Photo to the Eye Line: 1.18 in
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

Saudi Arabia Visa Photo Requirements

During the online visa application, you’ll have to write down several personal information such as your passport number and contact details, and while you won’t have to submit specific official documents, you’ll have to upload a digital photo for your visa to permit your identification in accordance with various requirements. We’ll sum up below all these requirements that you’ll have to pay attention to if you want to be sure that your visa photo will be accepted during the procedure.

Saudi Arabia Visa Photo: size and quality

According to the official website for the eVisa, the dimensions for the Saudi Arabia visa photo are 200 x 200 pixels (width and height) and you must provide a high-quality visa photo with sufficient resolution (minimum 600 dpi). Your face must represent approximately 70 to 80 % of the whole picture. Make sure that the photo is not blurry and that no shadows are visible on it as it will likely result in a photo rejection.

Saudi Arabia e-Visa Photo: background

The visa photo must include only the applicant and a plain white background with no other objects or persons present. Backgrounds in other colors or with patterns are not accepted for a Saudi Arabia visa photo, so if you can’t find a white wall for your photo at home, you can use a background remover.

Saudi Arabia Online Visa Photo: contrast and lighting

Obtaining the correct contrast and lighting for your visa photo can get quite tricky when using your smartphone at home. Here are some pieces of advice to help you get everything right: 

  • Do not use the flash! You may think about turning on the flash if you are taking a photo where there is not enough light in the room, and it’s a common mistake that should be avoided at all costs. Indeed, it can cause a “red-eye effect” on the photo and the photo will be considered inappropriate by the authorities and rejected during the application as the natural eye color of the applicant won’t be visible.
  • Make the most of the daylight: we recommend that the person photographed stand next to a window so that there is enough light on the photo. However, be careful not to stand right in front of the sun as you can be blinded by it and squint when the photo is taken (remember: the eyes must be fully opened!)

Saudi Arabia Visa Photo: facial expressions and posture

A visa photo is a professional photo: therefore, it is forbidden to smile or make a funny face. The applicant must be photographed while having a neutral and natural facial expression, with the eyes open and looking at the camera, and the mouth closed so as not to show the teeth. Also, the head must be straight and not tilted on either side, and the shoulders must be visible in the photo.

Saudi Arabia Visa Photo: clothes and accessories

It is important to wear comfortable and appropriate clothes in the visa photo: so avoid all types of uniforms or tank tops. Also, consider wearing dark-colored clothes to stand out from the white background. As for the accessories, it’s better not to wear any on the visa photo as the face should not be covered and no glare or reflections should be visible. So no glasses, no hats, and no extravagant jewelry. Nevertheless, religious hats and accessories can be kept during the photo if necessary.

Saudi Arabia Visa Photo: hairstyle

Now that we’ve talked about your attire, let’s get to the perfect hairstyle for the Saudi Arabia visa photo. If you have long hair, in order to avoid getting it in your eyes and on your face, we advise you to tie your hair in a ponytail or bun. If you prefer to let your hair loose, just remember to put it behind your ears so that your entire face is clearly visible.

Saudi Arabia Online Visa Photo: makeup

Doesn’t everyone want to look good on their visa or passport photo? This is one of the reasons why many people apply makeup before taking the picture, but sometimes too much to the authorities’ liking which can decide to refuse to proceed with the visa application.

So if you want to put some makeup on, it’s allowed for the visa photo as long as it remains natural and professional.

Saudi Arabia e-Visa Photo: beard

Ever been wondering whether or not you had to shave your bear before taking a photo for your Saudi Arabia visa? The answer is: it’s not mandatory. You can keep it but be careful not to change your appearance too dramatically as your visa photo must resemble you during its entire length of validity.

How to take a visa photo with your phone using PhotoAiD

PhotoAiD is an online photo generator and editor which can be used either via the website or the free mobile app. It’s the most convenient way to get your photos for a Saudi Arabia visa photo as our system includes all the official requirements to help you obtain the perfect visa photo for your application. All you need to do is take your photos using a smartphone or camera and upload the photo you like the most on our photo editor and we take care of the rest. You can choose through different options according to your needs: it’s way cheaper than going to the photo booth or professional photograph!

If you are taking your visa photo with your phone, here are some things to bear in mind:

  • Never use the flash or any other effects: the photo must be clear, natural, and professional, so altered and edited photos won’t be accepted
  • Don’t take selfies: you can ask someone to take the picture (the person should be standing at approximately three feet from you) or use a tripod if you are alone (don’t forget to turn on the photo delay!)
  • Make sure your whole face and shoulders are visible in the photo: don’t get too close to the camera!

Saudi Arabia Visa: can I use a digital photo?

If you’re applying for a Saudi Arabia e visa, then you’ll have to upload a digital visa photo during the visa online application alongside the other documents required. The required file format of your visa photo must be preferably in JPEG with a size from 5 to 100 Kb. However, if you opt for a visa-on-arrival or consulate visa application, a digital photo won’t be accepted and you’ll have to provide a printed visa photo.

PhotoAiD: our advantages

To avoid a trip to the closest photo booth or supermarket and save money on your visa photo, what better way than taking your photo using your smartphone and choosing between one of our three offers available on our online photo editor and mobile app on Play Store and the App Store

Here are some of the many advantages of using PhotoAiD:

  • A professional photo for any official document such as a passport, an ID card, or your visa respecting the official requirements of the relevant country!
  • Take as many photos as necessary to get a perfect visa photo for your online application! We’ll offer you the best after careful reviews and examinations by our AI system and our photo experts!
  • Save a lot of time and money and your digital visa photo will be sent to your email address ready to be attached to your visa application.
  • Have your photo background replaced by an appropriate one! Don’t have a white wall or a uniform background for your visa photo? It’s no problem with our background remover: we’ll remove the background of the photo uploaded on our photo editor and replace it correctly!

You can visit our website or download our mobile app for free to have access to our services and obtain your visa photo as soon as possible!

Last update: 11/30/22

Frequently Asked Questions

💡 What is the size of a Saudi Arabia visa photo?

The correct dimensions for the digital photo used in your online Saudi Arabia visa application are 200x200 pixels.

💡 How much does a Saudi Arabia eVisa cost?

The fee which you'll have to pay during your online visa application is SAR 300 (equivalent to around $80). However, it is possible that you'll have to pay additional costs related to the Covid-19 medical expenses.

💡 What is the appropriate background for the Saudi Arabia visa photo?

Like many other official documents from world countries, a plain and white background is required for a visa photo. Use a background remover if you are unable to get such background at home: other colors than white won't be accepted!

It's possible to upload a digital photo if you chose to go through an online visa application (only applicable for Tourist and Business visas).However, you'll still need to respect all the official requirements mentionned regarding the visa photo.

About the document

As you may already know, there are different types of visas according to the reason and length of stay in a foreign country. If you wish to apply for a Saudi Arabia Visa, it is advised to visit the official website for Saudi Arabia E Visa first to know which visa is necessary for your stay in Saudi Arabia. 

Here are the most popular visas in Saudi Arabia:

  • Student Visa
  • Business Visit Visa
  • Employment Visa
  • Residence Visa
  • Tourist E Visa

Saudi Arabia Online Visa Application: who is it for?

In order to be able to apply for a Saudi Arabia online visa or most specifically the Tourist E Visa, the applicant must first verify if he is a citizen of one of the eligible countries for the Tourist Visa. Indeed, the online visa which allows a three-month stay for tourism purposes is eligible for 49 countries including the European Union, the USA, Australia, Canada, the UK, and all the other countries which have signed a bilateral agreement with Saudi Arabia.

This e visa is mandatory for all travelers who wish to stay up to 90 days in the country. Only adults can apply for this e visa, unless the minors are accompanied by a legal guardian during their trip.

Saudi Arabia Online Visa: fees

After having reunited all the documents required, you’ll be asked to pay an application fee for your online Saudi Arabia visa. The visa fee is the same for the e visa, the visa-on-arrival, and the visa application at the consulate. Regarding the online visa application, you’ll be able to pay the fee by entering your credit card details and confirming the payment once you’ve checked that everything is correct. 

The fee for an e tourist visa allowing up to three months of stay in Saudi Arabia is the following: SAR 300 (or approximately $80). Nevertheless, because of the global pandemic of Covid-19, an additional fee of SAR 180 (~$48) will be required for all applicants to cover the medical expenses for the Covid-19 treatment.

Can you get your Saudi Arabia Visa online?

To facilitate the visa application procedure for all eligible applicants and due to the pandemic, it is possible to apply for an e visa for business and tourism purposes (it’s advised to check on the official website first to make sure you are eligible for these e visas). It’s the simplest and quickest way to get your Saudi Arabia visa by completing the following steps:

  • Provide all the requested personal information such as your name, postal address, contact details, and passport number.
  • Submit your digital photo for your e visa application.
  • Pay the eVisa fee (~$80).
  • Confirm the payment and application and wait to receive your eVisa by email.

See? It’s a piece of cake, so we highly recommend you to apply for the Saudi Arabia e visa to avoid having to make an appointment with the office or consulate at your arrival.

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