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Chile Visa Photo - All You Need to Know

For a Chilean Visa, there are many requirements that an individual needs to fulfil. Once a visa is stamped, and a person enters Chile, a person has 90 days to leave the country. Application for the visa must be submitted 30-60 days before travel. An essential requirement discussed below is the Chile visa photo. Although there are many types of Visas, the photo always remains the same. Here is all you need to know.

Chilean Visa Photo Size & Requirements 

Firstly, a person needs to familiarize themselves with photo specification, so a picture can be ready during their first attempt. For a Chilean Visa, a photo must have:

  • Dimensions: 45x45 mm. 
  • Resolution (DPI): 600
  • The specification states that the background of the photo is required to be white
  • Image must be in colour
  • Visa application must include four photographs of the traveller.
  • Photographs must be taken in a formal manner – facial expressions such as smiling or frowning, are not allowed
  • Camera has to be at an eye-level, head facing straight forward
  • Eyes must be perfectly visible.
  • Although glasses are sometimes permitted for the picture, it’s usually advised to take them off. Sunglasses or tinted lenses are also not prohibited.
  • Headwear must be taken off for the duration of the photo.
  • A digital photo is permitted (using an app or an online source), as long as it follows the Chilean visa photo guidelines.

Validity of the Visa photo 

Photos must reflect a person's current appearance. Therefore, an image cannot be outdated and must be taken within six months prior to travel. Photos older than six months will be rejected. Moreover, photos that are not professionally taken are likely to be rejected. In case of any sudden image appearances, an update of the photo might also be required. 

Chile Visa photo size and crop tools

For purpose of a Visa to Chile, a photo needs to be edited – cropped. This is because 60-70% of the photo has to present travellers’ face. Hence, the image is always printed and then cropped (in a studio by a professional or online) from standard 44x44mm to 27mm x 31m. For a digital image, the permitted size is; width: 472 pixels, Heights: 708 pixels. For people who use the app for a Visa photograph – an editing/cropping tool is available in the app.

Most Common mistakes when taking a photo for a Chile visa

  • One of the most common mistakes is the format/size, make sure the image is always cropped before an application is sent. This is normally done by the photographer in a photo studio, or via a mobile app.
  • Background is not white – people often think something similar to a white colour will be accepted. Yet, 99% of the time images with a different background colour than white are rejected. For those who use an app for the Visa photo, any-colour background can be edited to white.
  • The image is too dark, too blurry or has bad lighting. Picture must clearly show applicants face for the application to be accepted. Not an even light will cause a shadow and instant failure of the application,
  • Applicant is not facing forward & not looking into a camera. One of the requirements is that the person must be facing forward, as 60-70% of the image has to show their face. Their eyes must be open for the duration of the picture and they must look straight into camera lenses.
  • A person is smiling. Specification clearly indicates that a picture must present neutral face expression. Smiling is not allowed in any official documentation.
  • A selfie is provided instead of a professional image. There is no exemption to any selfie images in official documents. Pictures must be taken using appropriate tools, otherwise, Visa application will not even be examined.
  • A person is wearing a headband. It is essential for no headwear to be worn as it is against the Visa photo rules.

Children, infants, and newborn baby’s and their Chile visa photo requirements

In a situation where an infant, newborn, or child requires a visa, different photo guidelines apply. Although the size of the image remains the same, the head of the child is much smaller and therefore covers less space within the image. In terms of the guidelines, white background, and the absence of headwear also applies to children. The only difference is that children’s pictures are permitted to be taken in various locations. For instance, guardians may take their child’s picture in a car seat, the only rule being that a white cover/ sheet needs to be present at the backrest. If a baby is lying down on a bed, a picture can be taken from above with a white sheet underneath them. Lastly, if a baby is held by their guardian, hands must not appear in the picture. Moreover, children must be awake during the duration of the photo and must not yawn.

Exemption to headwear in Chile visa photo

As mentioned above, headwear is not allowed, unless it is required by your religion or a medical condition. In this circumstance, the face has to be visible from the bottom of the chin to the top of the forehead, and from ear to ear. If a person has a medical condition associated with eyesight, glasses are permissible, yet frames must not cover a person's eyes. This must be also stated in the Visa application, so no misunderstanding is caused during the border check.

Clothing in Chilean Visa photos

There are no guides to what a person can wear to their visa photograph, as most of the image is their face. In a situation where a person is associated with a beard, it has to be kept for the visa photo. If a person is associated with glasses and wears them on a daily basis, then glasses must be kept for the photograph. For those with long hair, hair must be neatly tied back so no obstruction is made to the face.

However, some things are not accepted, these are uniforms, shiny jewelry and piercings that may corrupt the image (such as nose rings, eyebrow piercings, or mouth piercings). Reflective tops are also not allowed as they may reflect the light during the picture. Headwear such as headbands, hats, or scarves is also not allowed. Clothes that are the same colour as the background (white), may blend in while the camera flash goes off, therefore, it is advised not to wear white.

Mobile apps and photo tools – how to take photos at home

Due to COVID19, it may be hard for people to access a professional studio for a visa photograph. Hence, online websites, along with apps and editors made it possible to take a professional picture at home. When applying for a Chile visa, there are two ways of application: at the consulate, or eVisa (done online). Hence, as mentioned before, the photograph required for a Chile visa can be taken via the app. People simply download the app on their android/iPhone device and pose to a picture at home, as it works exactly like a photo booth. By taking photos at home with your phone during the pandemic, we are making sure people are staying safe.


Photo apps accessible for a visa photo are now also free of charge. The app allows you to not only take a photograph but also receive notifications with tips that improve your image. A retake is available if the app-tip says that there are too many mistakes in the first attempt. App also provides an editing tool for any cropping, background editing, or getting rid of the shadow. Photos are generated straight away so the online application is simple. For those who apply in hard copy, photos can be sent via mail (this takes up to 3-5 working days).

Last update: 9/23/23

About the document

Chile Visa

Few nationals are permitted to travel to Chile with only their passport, or in some cases their ID card. These nationals are not required to have a visa, due to their Tourist Card that they received from immigration authorities when arrived. Hence, unless a person is a visa-exempt national, to enter Chile, a visa is required. Yet, obtaining a visa to Chile is very simple, due to the government’s easy process of applying online from home. Chilean government made it easier for Visa applicants because they saw many benefits in higher tourism rate – better economic stability and income gains.

The purpose of travel is important to be specified by the applicant, as a type of visa is based on the reason. There are different type of Visas:

  • Student Visa
  • Working Visa
  • Visitor/tourist Visa
  • Temporary residence Visa
  • Working Holiday Visa

A student visa is when a foreign national travels for study purposes abroad. In order to travel to Chile for higher education, the student requires acceptance from a university or enrollment information from one of the Chilean educational institutions. A work visa is issued to individuals who found a job in Chile, and have a signed contract permitting employment in a Chilean firm. Tourist visas are issued for tourism purposes that last from 30 to 90 days. Temporary residences are assigned to individuals who have family ties in Chile and are considered a benefit to the Chilean economy (investment opportunities), this is provided for a duration of 365 days. Lastly, a working holiday visa is given to the younger generation from Canada, Australia, or New Zealand who want to participate in a Working Holiday Programme.

For a Chile Visa, you can in some cases apply in the Chilean consulate, but mainly online, this must be done at least 30 days before your trip. Some individuals who require a diplomatic/official visa have to complete the process in person at the consulate. The requirements are copies of the traveller’s valid passport, which include personal details such as the issue and expiry date or any previous visas. Another requirement is proof of legal status – residency (if you are a permanent resident in a country that is not your birth country). Other than that, everything mentioned above is also required.

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Can a person wear glasses for Chilean visa photo?

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For a Chilean Visa, people who wear glasses on daily basis are permitted to keep them on (making sure the frames fon't cover their eyes). However, this is not recommended, due to reflection of the flash. Tinned lenses or sunglasses have to be always taken off.

Can I wear a cap for a visa photo?

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No, headwear is not allowed, unless person has a medical condition or cannot take it off due to religion beliefs.

What size does Chilean visa photo have to be?

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The image must be 44x44mm, which then has to be cropped to 20x31mm. Images bigger or smaller than what's required will cause in failiure of a Visa application.
The background required for the photo has to always be white. Thus, the applicant must make sure they follow the guidance and have a white background/wall present in the picture. For those who are using an app to take a Visa Photo, an editing tool is available to change background colour to white in a situation where the white background is not available.
No, pictures have to be taken in a formal/neutral manner. Smiling and frowning is not allowed in any case. Eyes must also remain open, and a person must be facing the camera.
In this situation people are allowed to keep their headwear. However. applicant must esnure that their face is visible from chin to forehead, and from ear to ear.
There is no special dress code for a Chile visa photograph. People can wear their casual clothes as clothes are not visible in the final picture. Yet, uniforms are not permitted, with the exemption of religious clothing.
Picture must not be older than six months, as a Visa may be rejected. Any drastic change in appearance can also cause an individual to retake their photograph.
Although many things remain the same (headwear is not permitted, and background needs to be white), there are slight differences. New-born babies are not stable enough to pose for a picture therefore, pictures can be taken whilst child is lying down or in a car seat. White background must be present for these pictures.
Yes, it is even advised by a Chilean government to do so. You only need to make sure you're following the guidelines and using appropriate app/programme.
Yes, black and white images are instantly rejected.
Guardians may hold their child for photograph purposes; however, hands of parent must not be visible in the picture. It is also essential baby's have no toys or other objects in their hands.
No headwear is permitted, unless an individual has an exception.