Schengen Visa Photo

Schengen Visa Photo

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Schengen Visa Photo - Size & Requirements

Schengen Visa Photo
Size
Width: 35 mm
Height: 45 mm
Resolution
600 dpi
Image definition parameters
  • Head height: 34.5 mm
  • Top of the Photo to Top of the Hair: 3 mm
Is it suitable for online submission?
yes
Is it printable?
yes
Background Color

How to take a photo?

Body-camera distance
1
Body-camera distance
Posture: Straight ahead
Posture: Straight ahead
2
Posture: Straight ahead
Even lighting on both sides of the face
Even lighting on both sides of the face
3
Even lighting on both sides of the face

Schengen visa photo guidelines

Are you dreaming about visiting one of the most beautiful European countries? You might need a Schengen visa to be able to travel there. Completing the visa application means that it is necessary to submit at least two photographs. Read on to find out about the application process and how to take the right photo for your Schengen visa.

Schengen visa photo specifications

The Schengen Area or Schengen Countries Zone is a group of 26 European nations that have eliminated border controls between each other. These include Germany, Spain, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, and Scandinavian nations, but not the U.K. and Ireland. Switzerland, Iceland, and Norway are also in the Schengen zone even though they are not in the EU.

If you don't come from any of the countries above (and any of the 26 countries from the Schengen zone), you might need a visa to visit any go to the Schengen Area. To help you with the process, start by taking the right photograph which is one of the compulsory documents to obtain a Schengen visa. 

Here are some universal rules regarding the most important things to know about the photo requirements for any short-term Schengen visa application:

  • Submit two identical photographs (no older than six months).
  • The dimensions are 35x 45mm.
  • Should be in colour (black and white are not accepted).
  • The background has to be clear without patterns in white or light grey color
  • The Head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • The applicant should be looking straight at the camera.
  • Neutral facial expression (no smile or grimaces).
  • The mouth has to be closed and eyes open and clearly visible.
  • Clothes can’t be in the same color as the background.

Schengen visa photo size

The dimensions of the Schengen visa photo are 35 mm in width and 45 mm in height. The acceptable format involves visibly showing facial characteristics of the applicant, from the tip of the chin to the top of the head, counting both, left and right, sides of the face, while the face is positioned in the centre of the photo. About 70-80% part of the photo must be filled by the applicant’s face, with an acceptable face height of 32-36 mm. The Schengen visa photograph size is static and unchangeable.

Background

The background can’t be colourful, patterned, or shadowed, as the acceptable form is one uniform color, ideally neutral grey or white that is fairly bright and gives face and hair the needed contrast.

Head position

The head has to be straight and the picture has to fully show the applicant's head, including hairstyle. Avoid moving your head, turning or keeping at an angle. 

Facial expression 

The face expression has to be neutral, it is only one accepted form to pose. The eyes have to be focused directly on the camera and the mouth should be closed. Smiling, grimaces or wiggling eyebrows is not permitted.

Eyes 

Closing eyes or putting your hair across eyes is not acceptable, all face has to be visible, nothing can’t cover it and eyes. Desirable is entirely looking straight into the camera with fully open eyes and not covered by anything like hairs, glares or items.

Glasses

Avoid putting sunglasses, dark optical glasses, optical glasses that have thick frames which cover the eyes and those which reflect the light. The correct posing with glasses on is where the applicant’s eyes are fully visible and not covered by the glasses’ frame.

Head covering

Hats, headwears that cover faces are not acceptable. The only exception is for religious reasons but even then, the face must be clearly visible from the lower tip of the chin to the forehead.

Focus and contrast

The applicant’s face has to be shown in focus, contrast and sharpness. Any blur can cause rejection. Avoid having a photo that is too blurring, too bright or with poor contrast (over-exposed or under-exposed).

Brightness

The accepted brightness in the photo is when it is uniformly spread all over the face. It is crucial to completely avoid reflections, shadows, and red eyes. Use daylight instead of trying to take photos in the dark with a flash.

Quality

Pictures must be printed on high-quality paper with a resolution of at least 600 dpi. The skin tone of the applicant must look natural while the entire photo must be neutral, avoiding creases and layers.

Most common mistakes on Schengen visa photos

Nowadays, the internet offers a lot of possibilities. Instead of wasting time finding and going to photography studios, you can try becoming a professional photographer yourself! See how simple it is if you know the rules and what mistakes not repeat.

The most common rejections of visas photos are: 

  • an incorrect size - the size for a Schengen visa is 35x45mm, be sure that you do not print it in different value
  • wrong background - forbidden color, patterns or spots in the background cause an automatic refusal, also visible objects or other people
  • bad lighting - try to take photos in daylight to avoid red eyes and bad expose 
  • smile - to not smile is an important rule so do not break it!
  • head tilted or semi-profile - only one correct view is en-face with a head not tilted and sight directed straight to the camera lens
  • hair or head coverings that obscure face - face has to be visible! If you keep your head covered for religious reasons, the rule is the same and also verify if it is not necessary to provide any kind of document proving your religious affiliation

Also, is good to remember other disqualifying reasons, like what photo to not submit:

  • older than 6 months
  • overexposed or underexposed
  • printed on your home ink printer or on low-quality paper
  • edited, a not original picture which is interfered in any way or cut out from larger will be declined, use PhotoAID service instead and edit your pictures without breaking the government rules

How to take a Schengen visa photo by phone?

Taking photos by yourself to documents is possible with a 100% warranty of acceptance! If you decide to try taking a photo to a document with your phone, read on to find out more.

To avoid crowds and wasting time and money driving to a photography studio you might think about taking a photo to Schengen visa at home… And it is a great idea! You can use your phone with iOS or Android and download the PhotoAiD app or use an online photo tool.

How to start? While you already know the requirements regarding Schengen visa photos, you know how to pose and what to do as well as what to avoid while taking pictures to documents.

Just follow these 5 simple steps about how to take a Schengen visa photo by phone:

  1. Stand close to the window where there is natural sunlight (if the light is insufficient, install an additional lamp).
  2. Ask someone to take a picture of you or place the camera on a tripod approximately 4 feet away.
  3. Pose under Schengen visa photo requirements.
  4. Submit your picture via the app or online editor.
  5. Receive via e-mail a file prepared for printing or sending in a digital version. 

Now you are ready to submit your photos with other documents for your Schengen visa application.

Intelligent Schengen Visa Photo Tool

The visa photo tool is based on Artificial Intelligence Technology. This means that all pictures uploaded to the PhotoAiD editor are automatically verified by AI and marked as correct or incorrect. Moreover, this is completely free of charge. You pay only for a perfectly done photo which you wish to download. All previews are for free.

This is how you will get your Schengen visa photo ready in a few seconds:

  • A smartphone, tablet or a digital camera (a webcam is not allowed)
  • Our Schengen visa guideline close to you
  • A photographer, it can be your friend or family member or a tripod to use with a self-timer - why not?
  • Visa Photo Maker app or online

Visa photo background remover

Artificial Intelligence works like a background remover; it removes all the patterns or shadows and is able to change your background color really quick! You get a picture which has the right grey or white background for your Schengen visa!

Visa photo resizer

The online photo cropper resizes your photographs and adjusts regarding Schengen visa photo official requirements. It measures the distance from the head and face to the top and bottom of the photo. The app or online service automatically resizes your picture to the size specified for the Schengen visa.

Visa photo checker

The photographs you want to attach to the application form must comply with the specifications we presented above. If they don’t, then you will be obliged to provide new pictures before your application can be processed. That is why we use artificial intelligence to check photos produced on our website. Every photo which is validated by our photo maker has a warranty of acceptance. You may not remember which is the correct size or a background’s color but once you choose a preferred document - a visa, passport or driving license, ID card, etc. the technology will do the rest! You will receive a photo of guaranteed quality ready to send or print.

Visa photo template 

The last process is creating a visa photo template that is ready to download via email. After you receive your ready photo, you can print it by yourself in a local printing place or you can order an already printed one to be shipped for you. Make your choice!

This process might seem long and difficult but everything in the app or on online service lasts only a few seconds so do not hesitate and try it now!

Last update: 31.08.2021

Frequently Asked Questions

💡 Why my visa application was rejected?

If your visa application was rejected, you have to find the reason which could cause the wrong photo attached. Be sure that you know the official requirements regarding visa photos as well as application.

💡 What is a flight itinerary for Visa application?

Flight itinerary is a confirmed document which can be verified online about the schedule of a given flight. It can be used as a proof of the return from the Schengen country a reservation ticket.

💡 Do I buy the plane ticket before getting a visa or after?

It is better to buy a ticket after getting a visa because a copy of the reservation of the return ticket is one of the required documents which you need show during applying for a Schengen visa.

Required documents while applying for a Schengen visa are: completed and signed visa application form, two identical and recent photographs of the applicant, copy of your valid passport, travel insurance certificate, the reservation confirmation of your return ticket, a letter explaining the reasons for your journey, proof of your accommodation plans, proof of your funds covering the stay.

The Schengen Area covers most of the European countries. The exceptions are the UK and the future signatories of the Schengen Agreement: Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Ireland. Citizens of the Schengen countries do not need a visa to travel to other countries within the Schengen Area.

Photos cannot be printed on your home ink printer or on low-quality paper. The Schengen visa pictures must be printed on high-quality paper with a resolution of at least 600 dpi.

Any blurred, damaged or edited photographs will be rejected as well as with the wrong size, where the applicant smile or hairs and head coverings obscure their face.

Taking photos to documents by phone or at home is allowed as long as you know the official requirements. Prepare background, put on decent clothes and start taking photos. Upload the best one to the photo tool and the rest will do the service or app!

While applying for the Schengen visa, one of the required documents is a proof of sufficient financial resources. As long as you can prove that you have enough money for both your stay and coming back it should not be any issues.

Provided that a complete visa application is submitted, the minimum visa processing time is 5 or 10 working days, depending on the nationality of the applicant. Bear in mind that the process can take longer.

A Schengen visa is an official compulsory document for some non-European citizens to travel to all the 26 countries which are part of the Schengen area. Allows travellers to cross the borders of the other member-states without going through identity checks at the border.

Each applicant has to present its application in person through the embassy/consulate appointment with competent authorities.

The travel insurance certificate is mandatory. All Schengen visa applicants are required to have medical travel insurance. Medical travel insurance is valid for all Schengen countries. The minimum coverage must be EUR 30,000.

While the Airport Transit Visa allows its holder to travel through the international zone of the Schengen Country Airport without entering the Schengen Country Area the Transit visa which allows its holder to transit within no more than 5 days through more than one Schengen country by car, coach or plane on the way to a non-Schengen country.

The dimensions are 35 mm in width and 45 mm in height. The acceptable format involves visibly showing facial characteristics of the applicant, from the tip of the chin to the top of the head, counting both, left and right, sides of the face, while the face is positioned in the centre of the photo. The Schengen visa photograph size is static and unchangeable.

The process of applying for a Schengen visa require: submitting two identical photographs in size of 35x45mm and in colour which are no older than six months.The background has to be clear without patterns in white or light grey color. The Head should take 70-80% of the photo.The applicant has to have a neutral facial expressin and should be looking straight at the camera. Eyes has to be open and mouth closed.Clothes can’t be in the same color as the background.

Smiling, grimaces or wiggling eyebrows is not allowed.The facial expression has to be neutral, it is only one accepted form to pose. The eyes have to be focused directly on the camera and the mouth should be closed.

The Schengen Countries Zone is a group of 26 European nations which include Germany, Spain, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, and Scandinavian nations, but not the U.K. and Ireland. Switzerland, Iceland, and Norway are also in the Schengen zone even though they are not in the EU.

A Schengen short-stay visa costs €80, for children aged 6 to 12 it is €40 and for children under age 6 is free of charge.

The applicant who want to enter one of the Schengen countries has to apply at the appropriate embassy/consulate of the designated country. If the country you plan to visit does not have an embassy or consulate, you will have to send your application file to the local representatives of this country.

About the document

Schengen visa

A Schengen visa is an official compulsory document for some non-European citizens to travel to all the 26 countries which are part of the Schengen area. Allows travellers to cross the borders of the other member-states without going through identity checks at the border. There are several types of Schengen visa but the most common is the short-stay visa which lets its holder stay for a maximum of 90 days for over a 6 month period starting from the entry date stated on the visa.

Schengen visa types

Type A Schengen visa - Airport Transit Visa

This type of visa allows citizens of non-Schengen states to transit through or wait for their connecting flight in the international zone of an airport located in a Schengen country. The holder of a type A visa is not allowed to enter the said Schengen country.

Type B Schengen visa

This type of visa relating to journeys lasting fewer than five days has been replaced by type ‘C’ with the condition transit.

Type C Schengen visa

The short-stay Schengen visa is the most common one. It is issued by the visa services (embassies, consulates, appointed external providers) of a country belonging to the Schengen area. The holder of a short-stay visa can stay or travel freely in the Schengen area for less than 90 days over a 180 day period.

Depending on the purpose of your trip, the short-stay category C Schengen visa can be a single-entry, a double-entry or a multiple-entry.

Type D Schengen visa

The type D long-stay Schengen visa is the national visa, obligatory for any foreigner wishing to study, work or live in a Schengen country for longer than 90 days (up to 1 year).

Who can apply for a Schengen visa?

Most non-European citizens (particularly from Africa, Russia, India and China) need a Schengen visa to enter one of the Schengen member states. Some countries, such as the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia and Japan, have signed a visa waiver agreement with the European Union. This means that their nationals don’t need a visa to enter Europe if their visit doesn’t exceed 90 days.

Where to apply for a Schengen visa?

To apply for a Schengen visa you will need to contact the consular authorities of the Schengen country you wish to visit. 

If the country you plan to visit does not have an embassy or consulate, you will have to address your application file to the local representatives of this country. Visa applications are sometimes processed by external service providers (such as VFS Global or TLS) which are authorized to receive application files.

Remember that you need to apply at the embassy of the country you’re staying in for the longest amount of time. Or if you are staying for the same amount of time in two Schengen Area states, the one you are visiting first. If your travel plans are flexible, countries like Lithuania and Estonia grant the most visa applications and often process them faster due to receiving fewer visa requests.

Required documents to apply for Schengen visa

To be ready for an appointment with the competent authorities, you must first collect the mandatory documents:

  • Completed and signed visa application form
  • Two identical and recent photographs of the applicant
  • Copy of your valid for at least 3 months passport (beyond the expiration date of the requested visa) and issued less than 10 years ago 
  • A mandatory travel insurance certificate
  • The reservation confirmation of your return ticket
  • A letter explaining the reasons for your journey
  • Proof of your accommodation plans
  • Proof of your funds covering the stay 

Schengen visa costs

A Schengen visa costs €80. For children aged 6 to 12 costs €40. For children under age 6 is free of charge.

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