Passport Photo Requirements forGermany

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Last updated/checked : 28/02/2019

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Passport Requirements

Required photo dimensions : 35mm x 45mm.
2photos will need to be submitted
Alight grey backgroundis needed for your photos

The height from top to bottom face must be between 32- 36mm.
The photograph should be centrally aligned with a full front view
All the features from chin to hairline and both sides of the face need to be clearly visible.
The whole face is required to be clear, with proper contrast and sharpness.
There should be no reflections, shadows, or red eyes visible in the photo.
There should be no other object or support to the subject in the photograph.
The shadows in the background are also not acceptable.
There should be neutral face expressions with closed mouth avoiding smile.
The subject has to look straight into the camera.
Head coverings are not permissible unless worn for religious reasons
The eyes of the subject should be clearly visible, and not covered by hair or frame of the glasses.
Sunglasses, tinted glasses, or reflections of glasses are not acceptable in the photos.
Passport photos must be printed on high-quality paper.
In the case of babies under 1 year the eyes do not need to be open

Visa Requirements

Photo should be no older than 6 months
Face takes 70 to 80 percent of the whole photo. This corresponds to a height of 32 – 36mm.
If your face measures less than 27mm or more than 40mm on the photo than it will be rejected.
Must be centered position when taking the photo.
The photo must show only one person; no other persons or objects are acceptable.
Avoid shadows on the background
Must have a sharp focus, be clear and have proper contrast.
Make sure the photo is not blurred, is too light or without enough contrast.
Take your photo with even lightning, it should not be too dark or too light.
Shadows across face, flash reflections or red eyes should be avoided.
The photo must be printed on high-quality paper with a print resolution of at least 600dpi,
Your photo must be clean, with natural colours, not pixelated or damaged in any way.
Photos can be in black and white or colour.
Look directly at the camera and keep your eyes open.
Be careful not to cover your eyes with hair or glass frames.
If you wear eyeglasses make sure not to have flash reflections off the lenses on your photo and don’t wear tinted glasses or sunglasses.
Hats or head covering are not permitted generally, but exception can be made in particular for religious reasons.
If a head covering is allowed than your face must be visible from the chin to the forehead.

Dimensions : 35mm x 45mm.
Number of Photos Required : 1
Background Requirements : white or off-white background

Passport Children 9 & under  Requirements

Head size between 22-36mm (50-80%).
Passport will be rejected if this is less than 17mm or more than 40mm.
Head coverings for religious reasons only.
Photo can be Black & White or colour.

Dimensions : 35mm x 45mm.
Background Requirements : light grey background

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