If you want to apply for a Schengen visa to traveling to Europe, you must be submit your photo with your visa application. If you fail to do this, your application may be rejected. You will be asked to provide either 1 or 2 photos, depending on the embassy/consulate you are applying to. However, you should prepare 2 photos that meet the following requirements.
Schengen Visa Photo Requirements
The photograph specifications for any short-term Schengen visa application are:
• Two identical photos. Not older than six months.
• Photo size: 35x45mm.
• In color. No black and white
• Head should take 70-80% of the photo.
• Brightly colored background. Light grey is suggested.No patterns.
• The applicant should be looking straight at the camera.
• Neutral face expression. No smile and mouth closed
• Avoid uniforms or colors matching the background.
Photo Illustration and their Explanation
Format and Photo Size
The Schengen visa photograph size is static and unchangeable. Both photos should be 35mm in width and 45 mm in height. The face of applicant should be in the center 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, not forgetting to completely show applicant’s head, including hairstyle.
Focus and Contrast
Avoid having a photo that is too blurring, too bright or with a poor contrast. The face of the applicant in the photo must be visible and sharply focused, having a strong contrast.
It is crucial completely avoiding reflections, shadows, and red eyes. See example picture below:
Background should be a one color, ideally neutral grey, background that is bright and gives face and hair the needed contrast. See example below:
Quality of the Photo
Keep in mind that photo must be printed in a high quality paper and printing resolution of at least 600 dpi, as the only accepted form. The skin tone of the applicant must be natural while the entire photo must be neutral, avoiding creases and layers. See example below:
Facial Expression and Head Poisiton
The only accepted form to pose is by keeping a neutral look with eyes focused directly on camera with a mouth closed. See example below:
Eyes and Line of Sight
Your face must entirely look straight into the camera, with fully open eyes and not covered by hair or else. See example below:
Avoid putting sunglasses, dark optical glasses, optical glasses that have frames covering your eyes, and similarly, avoid flash reflection, when you take a photo. The only accepted photo with optical glasses on is when the applicant’s eyes are fully visible and not covered by glasses’ frame.
You should not wear hat or anything on your head that can cover your face. The only exception is for religious headwear, and even then, the face must be clearly visible from the lower tip of the chin to the forehead.
These visa photo requirements are apply for all countries in Schengen Area including Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
- • Photographs must be glued and not stapled to the application form. If you have to provide 2 photos, one should be glued and the other kept loose for the visa official.
- • You can only provide original photographs. Photocopies are unacceptable