Schengen Visa Photograph Requirements
  • Two identical photos need to be submitted. One must be pasted on the application form, and the other photo should be submitted loose.

  • The photo needs to display a full frontal view of the face. The size of the face from the bottom of your chin to the hairline must be between 1 ΒΌ inches and 1 3/8 inches. Please look directly into the camera with a neutral expression and without smiling.

  • The facial image must be sharp, clear, and with sufficient contrast. Please avoid photos with reflections or shadows on the face or with red eyes. The background should be neutral and light, providing sufficient contrast to the face and hair (a neutral gray). Reflection from glasses, sunglasses, or tinted glasses is not permitted. The eyes cannot be hidden by the glass frames.

  • The photo needs to be printed on high-quality paper with at least 600 dpi resolution; the colors must present a natural appearance and skin tone. The photo must not have kinks, scratches or stains.

  • Only color photos are acceptable.

  • Photos must be of a high quality.

  • Photos must not have any stapler pin marks disfiguring the face or the background.

  • Photos should have a light background.

  • Proportion of the head in the photo must be 70-80% of the complete photo.

Sample photographs from French Embassy

Sample photographs from German Embassy