Belgium Passport Photo

Belgium Passport Photo

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Butch is the most helpful and responsive organization I have ever worked with. Them independently determined my Belgium passport photo wasn't complying with regulations and they worked with me through four iterations to get it compliant. They were speedy and accurate and did not charge extra. I am so grateful for their service and professional support. I recommend them to everyone.

Helen F.

Awesome service. My children don’t pose for photos and it’s hard to get a passport photo. With this I just took a photo and not only does it change the background, the service let me know if the photo is not good enough. They reviewed several pictures for my child. Worth the money if your child has trouble with photography.

Renju J. B.

Perfect site if you need to convert a photo to the passport photo guidelines. If the photo doesn't need any change you can download it instantly and if there is any changes needed they will contact you with details on what change is needed. I was little skeptical first but turn out to be a perfect solution for all you Passport Photo needs. I will recommend this and will use it for my any future needs

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Belgian Passport Photo - Size & Requirements

Belgian Passport Photo Guide: How to Get the Perfect Picture
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 make 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

Requirements for the Belgian passport photo

Whether you need to renew your passport or if you’re applying for one for the very first time, you have to be very careful when it comes to getting your picture taken. Standards are stricter now than ever before. Your biometric passport photograph must comply with the International Civil Aviation Organization regulations. If your photo does not satisfy these requirements, your passport office will reject your application.

Belgian passport photo specification

There are some important rules you must know when capturing a photograph dedicated to your Belgian passport. Read this article to learn everything you need to know about these rules, such as:

  • the correct size
  • cropping and framing
  • the type of background
  • correct pose and composition
  • permitted facial expression
  • items allowed and forbidden in the photo
  • technical details like minimal resolution 

The passport photo in Belgium must be an original print (not a photocopy), must be in color, and must be taken not earlier than six (6) months before you submit your application form. You need only submit one (1) paper photo. If you are printing from a digital file, the resolution must be a minimum of 400 dpi. For paper prints, the required size is 35 x 45 mm. To make sure that your application is not rejected, use a professional resizing and cropping Belgium passport photo tool.

 Belgian passport photo - take a picture at home

Your Belgian passport will be valid for the next seven years, so you want to look nice. Many people capture and create their passport photos at home, where they can conveniently change outfits and re-do their hair and makeup. It’s easier and faster than going to the mall, tracking down a photo booth, or hiring a professional photographer. When you do your photo shoot at home, all you need are:

  • your smartphone, tablet or a digital camera,
  • somebody to help you (because “selfies” are never acceptable),
  • a tripod, if you prefer to do it alone,
  • this list of the Belgian passport photo requirements,
  • the smart Passport Photo Maker, which will properly resize, crop and adjust your picture.

Technical details for a Belgian passport photo

There are technical demands for Belgian passport photos. It doesn’t matter if you upload your passport photo online or get it printed; either way, the image has to meet certain quality requirements. Your picture must be:

  • sharp, clear and focused
  • not underlit or overlit
  • have good contrast and saturation
  • show your natural skin color and eye color
  • not damaged or scratched in any way (for prints)
  • at least 400 dpi of resolution (for digital files)
  • not printed on an inkjet printer. 

Home printers are not suitable for high-quality photos. You can get your prints made at office supply stores and most drugstores.

Belgian passport photo size and crop

The photograph for your Belgium passport must be 35 x 45 mm in size. The head (from the top of the forehead to the bottom of the chin) must not be smaller than 31 mm and not bigger than 36 mm. There must be space remaining between the crown and the top edge of the picture, and on both sides of the face. In addition to your face, your neck and the upper part of your shoulders must also be visible.

It’s a lot to learn. But you won't need to know all the details if you use our resizing and cropping passport photo App!

Background in the Belgian passport photo

The background in Belgian passport photos must be light in color, but not necessarily white. It may be cream, light gray, or a very light blue. The important thing is that the background is uniform and plain (no gradation of color), and free of shadows and patterns. No other people or objects can be visible behind the candidate's head. But don’t think this is difficult to do! In fact, it’s easy with the background erasing passport photo app

Composition in the Belgian passport photo

The main rule for official photographs is that the head must be centered. The head cannot be tilted in any direction, and the candidate has to be looking directly into the camera lens. The shoulders must be straight and squared: the en-face view is required, and photos captured at an angle are not accepted. 

Smile in the Belgian passport photo

Smiling in the Belgian passport photos is not allowed. Neither is frowning or grimacing. Your facial expression should be neutral and relaxed, with open eyes and closed (but not tightened) mouths.

Glasses and sunglasses in a Belgian passport photo

Sunglasses and tinted glasses are forbidden in passport photos. Everyday glasses are allowed, but under certain conditions. The frames cannot obscure your eyes, so if you have large frames consider taking off your glasses for the picture. Also, eyeglasses cannot have any glints of light, reflections or glare. If they do, then your photo will not be approved.

Head coverings in Belgian passport photos

If a headscarf is a part of your religious attire, then you are allowed to pose in it for your Belgian passport picture. The same is true for every head covering used for religious purposes: yarmulkes, turbans and hijabs, for example. Just make sure that your headgear does not cover any part of your face. Your facial features must be clearly visible.

Fashion headgear such as headbands, sweatbands, hats and caps are not allowed in the passport photo in Belgium. Avoid huge hair decorations like ribbons and bows, too, as they can also obscure your face.

Jewelry and piercings in Belgium passport photos

You may wear jewelry in a Belgian passport photo. Just make sure that no part of it covers your face (e.g. massive earrings). If you have a permanent facial piercing, you do not need to remove it for the photo unless the piercing is making shadows or reflections upon your skin.

Hairstyles and beards in a Belgian passport photo

You used to have to be able to see the candidate’s ears in the picture, so you could not wear your hair down. Now, however, you can do your hair however you like — up or down, behind the ears or over the ears — as long as your face is fully visible. Just remember to leave some space between the side edges of the photo and your head. If your hair is very voluminous, it might be a good idea to wear it up.

If you have a beard, you are not obligated to shave it for the passport photo. Just keep in mind that your face must still be recognizable.

Clothing in Belgium passport photos

For your Belgian passport photo you can wear whatever your wish, except no military uniforms. While there is no official dress code, we have some tips for you.

  1. Wear something a different color from the background so you don’t blend in.
  2. Do not wear a turtleneck shirt; they don’t make for good head-and-shoulder pictures.
  3. Do not wear a tank top - in the photo, you’ll look like you’re naked.
  4. Do not wear camouflage patterns or anything resembling a uniform.

Lights in a Belgian passport photo

Every professional photographer says that the best light is daylight. If possible, take your picture facing the window. The light must evenly illuminate both sides of your face. A shadow on your face may disqualify the picture. Do not use a fill flash because the flash can causes the “red eye” effect. Pictures with red eyes will be rejected.

Belgium passport photo originality

We all have our favorite photos from holidays or parties, pictures where we look great. People ask if it’s allowed to cut out the head from such a photo, and use it for their passport application. The answer, unfortunately, is no. You cannot crop your face from a larger photo.

It also cannot be a photocopy. Selfies are forbidden, too. You’re not even allowed to use the zoom function on your camera or smartphone. The photo dedicated to the passport must be originally taken.

“Originality” also means that the picture cannot be altered in any way, which includes using Photoshop or other computer programs. Do not retouch the picture to make yourself look better. Do not use any graphic filters to add warmth or sparkle. Each and every picture is checked by artificial intelligence, and if this tool detects any touch-ups, the image is automatically rejected.

Belgian passport photo tool

This online passport photo tool does all the work needed to adjust your picture to the specific requirements. It resizes and crops your image to the required 35 x 45 mm dimensions, centers and sizes the head, removes the background, and finally verifies that everything is correct. The app sends a ready-to-print picture to you via email. You can print it in a one-hour photo store, or digitally attach it to your application.

Passport photo in Belgium - photo validator

To be sure that your passport photo complies with ICAO standards, you must check that all requirements are satisfied. If you want to be 100% sure, use a Belgian passport photo app which verifies that your picture is acceptable. You can take an unlimited number of shots, and you only pay for the one you use.

Passport photo app for iPhone

We have good news for users of devices working on iOS: you can download our Intelligent Photo App from the AppStore that helps to prepare and store your photographs so you can use them for other documents. You may upload images directly to online applications, or print them out.

Passport photo app for Android 

Smartphones like Samsung, LG, Huawei, HTC, Lenovo and Sony use the Android operating system. We designed a Photo Editor to download from Google Play Store specifically for Android. Use this app to create, store and correct your passport-style pictures. You can choose among over 100 photo templates for different documents, such as visas, passports and driving licenses. The App will send your completed picture to you via email, as a JPEG file.

Belgian passport photo with satisfaction guaranteed 

Maybe you still have doubts about taking a passport photo at home. Maybe you think that if you go to a photography studio, you’ll pay more but you’ll get a guaranteed suitable picture. Good news: we give a 200% guarantee for any passport photo ordered on our website! If for any reason your passport photo is not approved, we will return double your money back. We are fast, affordable, easy and convenient — and also risk-free. Doesn’t this sound good to you?

Frequently Asked Questions

💡 Can I apply for my passport in Belgium online?

No. To apply for a passport, you need to go to your municipality's passport service. A personal meeting is necessary in order to take from you the fingerprints and other biometric data.

💡 How many photos need I to bring while applying for my Belgian passport?

One printed photo. It must be in color and satisfy certain indicated requirements.

💡 Can I cut out my head from the larger picture and send it as a passport photo?

No. Your passport photo must be original, not cut out from another image.

Yes, you can but their frames must not obscure or drop shadow on your eyes and glasses must be transparent and not give reflections.

Yes if it is a part of your everyday used religious attire and you travel internationally wearing it. Just keep in mind that a headgear must not cover any part of your face.

No. Fashion head covering in passport photos are not allowed.

It is the usual size for biometric passport photos in European Union: 35 mm x 45 mm.

The height of the head from the crown to the chin must be between 31 and 34 mm.

You can use the resizing passport photo App which adjusts the photo size in one second.

You do not need to do it on your own. Just download and use the passport and visa photo cropping app to have it done instantly.

The background in Belgian passport photos must be light but it may be color different than white. Cream or light-grey are suitable. The background must be also plain and free of spots and shadows.

All you need to do is to download a background removing photo app. This App removes the wrong background and exchanges it into a required one in one second.

Not at all! You can take your passport photo on your own and use the online passport photo maker to adjust it quickly to the requirements.

Sure you do! The passport photo taken with an iPhone or another smartphone can be the same quality as the professionally taken one. Just make sure if it satisfies all the requirements and use a smart passport photo editor to resize and crop it correctly.

No, do not do it. Your passport photo must be original - not altered by any computer program or software.

Your digital photo for a Belgian passport must be at least 400 dpi.

You may make a check-list and control every point of the photo specification or let it verify the picture to artificial intelligence. Just download our validating photo app and see the result.

About the document

Belgian passport

The Belgian passport is a document issued by the Kingdom of Belgium permitting traveling internationally and entering the countries where the Belgian ID card is not enough to cross a border. This is also a document proving the identity of its holder.

The institution responsible for issuing and renewing Belgian passports is the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, formerly known as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Types of passports in Belgian state

The most common is a Standard Passport  (with a burgundy cover) issued for ordinary travel, such as vacations and business trips. In our article, we focus on this document. It is biometric (contains a chip with the personal data of its user and their fingerprints) and has 7 years of validity.

Other types of Belgian passports are:

  • Diplomatic Passport – document dedicated for Belgian Royal Family, members of the governments, ministers and representatives.
  • Service Passport – passport issued to civil servants within the federal public services, ministries, parliaments and judicial services sent on an official mission abroad by the Belgian authorities.
  • Temporary Passport - document with a dark green cover, valid only 6 months, issued in emergency situations.
  • Emergency Travel Document - not a passport, but an identity and travel document when a person’s passport has been lost abroad.

Documents you need to bring

When applying for a passport in your municipality's passport service, you must have with you following documents:

  •  the identity card or any other proof of your identity
  • previous passport (if you had one which was issued during the last 10 years)
  • a color passport-style photo of yourself meeting given requirements
  • if your last passport was stolen, bring a copy of the police report documenting the theft

If you want to keep your previous passport as a souvenir, don’t worry. The municipality officer will cancel it and return it to you.

Next steps of the application

After submitting all the documentary, it will be verified. Remember that your passport photo. must comply with strict criteria and If it does not comply with one or more of them, your municipality will refuse it and ask you to produce a new picture.

Once the municipality verifies your identity and documents and everything is correct, you will be asked to provide the digital fingerprints of 2 fingers and signature.

After approximately 5 working days you will get the information at a mobile phone number or an email address given when applying - you will receive an SMS or an email at the exact moment your passport arrives.

Generally speaking, you must collect your passport in person. If for some reasons you want another person to be able to collect your passport, you must provide him with a power of attorney. 

If you need an emergency procedure, ask about the acceleration in your municipal administrative service. In some situations your passport may be issued the next working day.

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