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Taiwan passport photo: requirements

Taiwan Passport Photos - Requirements and Sizes
Width: 35 mm
Height: 45 mm
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?
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

Taiwan passport photo: requirements

Every citizen of Taiwan is eligible for a Taiwanese passport that can allow them international travel as well as being used as an identification document. The first thing to do to obtain your new passport would be to get a new passport photo. In this article we talk about the ways to get one. 

Passport photo requirements in Taiwan 

We’ve gathered a full list of the requirements you need to keep in mind when taking a Taiwanese passport photo and put them in different categories, so it’s easier for you to read them. The first thing to know is that your passport photo cannot be older than 6 months - this is very important as a passport has to show your current look to help border control with identification. You also need to keep in mind that you will need to have at least two identical copies of your passport photo prepared. Below you can find some other valid information on Taiwanese passport photos that you will be required to know and follow. 

Taiwan passport photo size

Your photo has to show your whole face and neck and the upper part of the shoulders. The background should be visible behind you. Your head should take up around 70%-80% of the photograph and show some space on each of its sides. Women’s hair is allowed to touch the bottom edge of the picture frame. The photos have to be 35 mm in width and 45 mm in height (which converts to 1.38x1.77 inches in size). 

Passport photo technical requirements 

Here are some of the technical requirements that you need to follow in the case of the Taiwanese passport photo:

  • Your photo has to be taken in good lighting that shows everything but doesn’t unnecessarily brighten the picture (natural light is recommended).
  • The paper on which you print has to be good photo quality - remember you need two copies of the passport photo. 
  • Avoid ink marks as anything that disturbs the integrity of the photograph will be a reason for application rejection. 
  • The photo has to be in color, with no filters or additional editing, so that it shows your daily look with your natural hair and eye color.
  • Make sure that the image you use with your application is sharp and focused - any blurs can be reason for rejection. 
  • Avoid touch-ups as they are not permitted.
  • Your photo has to be in great condition, meaning that there cannot be any tears or stains on it. 

Your positioning in the Taiwanese passport photo 

A very important thing when it comes to Taiwanese passport photos is your positioning in the picture. Here are some other rules that you should follow:

  • Keep yourself straight, with your face turned towards the camera.
  • Make sure your mouth is closed and your eyes are fully open.
  • Keep a neutral expression as biometric photos don’t allow smiling. 
  • Look straight into the camera.
  • Don’t tilt your head any way, don’t allow your head to go out of the picture frame.
  • Remember not to cover any birthmarks, moles, or scars on your face as they are important to the biometric identification processes.

Background and clothing 

The color of your background has to be white and without any patterns. It must be properly lit and fully visible behind you. There can’t be any other objects visible in the photo.

There is no dress code when it comes to the Taiwanese passport photo. You just need to avoid white shirts because they will blend with the background. Here are some things to avoid clothing-wise:

  • Scarves.
  • Dark glasses (prescription glasses are allowed under the condition that they don’t obscure your face or hide your eyes).
  • Tinted lenses.
  • Any type of head covering (exception made for religious and medical reasons).
  • Jewelry covering your face.

The don’ts of Taiwanese passport photos

To finish this guide, we have compiled a short list of very common mistakes when it comes to Taiwanese passport photos, that can get your whole application rejected:

  • Using Photoshop (or other similar tools) to beautify your photo or hide scars/birthmarks.
  • Tilting your head or other mistakes considering positioning. 
  • Having a blurry photo or one that is not sharp or in focus.
  • Cutting your photo from a larger picture.

Taiwan passport photo summarized 

So if you’re looking for a way to take a perfect Taiwanese passport photo, make sure to follow our guide and focus on three important factors: editing, technical requirements, and positioning. If you do everything according to what we have written above in this article there is no reason for your photo to get rejected and you can go further with your passport application.

Last update: 11/29/22

Frequently Asked Questions

💡 Where to take a Taiwanese passport photos abroad?

You can do so in three options, depending on where you currently reside. It’s best to do your own research, but there are general things you can follow through with - online photo-taking, in-store, or by yourself. When you’re abroad the last option can be quite difficult, the easiest one should be in-store as the professionals will know what to do and they will take care of your passport picture for you. To help them, maybe try printing out the requirements for the Taiwanese passport photo so they know what exactly to follow.

💡 Where to take Taiwanese passport photo?

You can take your Taiwanese passport photo in one of three ways: either online, in-store (at the photographer’s), or at home. The online option is easy as it delivers to your home a printed number of copies and you don’t have to leave your house. This means that you need to take the photo yourself, but most online tools are so good with editing that you will not have to do anything else and you won’t have to worry.

If you need a cheap option then you can take the photo yourself at home. Just remember about the requirements you need to take in mind and you should be more than fine.

💡 Is wearing glasses possible in Taiwanese passport photo?

Wearing sunshades is not allowed, but if you wear prescription glasses you can be permitted to have them on your photo - just remember that they can't obscure your face in any way. Keep in mind that you also can't wear colored contact lenses.

When it comes to the Taiwanese passport photo background, remember that it has to be white and plain, with no patterns. Avoid shadows and make sure that there is nothing obscuring the background around your frame.

No, you shouldn't print your Taiwanese passport photo at home, because traditional ink printers are not acceptable for photographic printing as they can allow ink stains and smudges. It's better to have your photo profesionally printed in a photo printer.

Yes, your photo has to reflect all your natural colors and tones, so make sure to avoid the 'red-eye' effect as it hides your eye color.

Head covering is allowed under two conditions: if you wear it everyday for religious or medical reasons. Your head covering cannot hide your face, though, so make sure to remember that.

About the document

Passports in Taiwan 

The Taiwanese passport is currently a very powerful passport in ranks of mobility, allowing its citizens access to over 146 countries visa-free or with a visa upon arrival. It is issued by the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei. Its holders can use the document to travel internationally and use it as an identification document abroad.

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