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Distance from the camera
Take the photo from a distance of about 20 inches from your face. Ideally, the photo should be taken by another person.
Face in front of the camera
Place your face in front of the lens and keep a neutral expression on your face. Hold the camera at face height.
Just stand facing a light source such as an exposed window. Don't worry about the background.
Japan visa photo requirements
The requirements for a Japanese visa photo application include the following:
- Full visibility of the face and shoulders
- Head facing forward with the eyes horizontally aligned
- A photo with a plain white background
- The visa photo must be clear, with appropriate brightness and contrast
- Both photos in colour and black and white are acceptable
- The eyebrows, eyes and facial contours must be clearly visible
- No accessories or headwear obscuring the face
The visa photo should have been taken within the last six months prior to the application.
Dimensions of a Japanese visa photo
The dimensions of a Japanese visa photo is 35 mm x 45 mm.
What should I wear for a Japan visa photo?
It is recommended to wear dark-coloured clothing for a Japan visa photo, but there are no specific requirements. Avoid clothing that has the same colour as the background so as not to blend in with the background.
Turtlenecks or hoodies covering the neck should be avoided in Japanese visa photos, as well as revealing tops, sleeveless clothing, tube tops and halters. Uniforms and clothes that resemble military outfits are not permitted.
Head coverings like hairbands, hats, and scarves are only allowed for religious or medical reasons. A statement documenting the reasons for the head covering will be needed, as well as a statement of religious grounds and documentation of the relationship between the religion in question and the applicant.
Glasses in a Japanese visa photo
It is permitted to wear prescription glasses in Japanese visa photos. If you wear glasses, they must not obscure your eyes or cause any glare.
As the eyes, eyebrows and facial contours must be clearly visible, sunglasses, coloured contact lenses and tinted glasses are not allowed in Japanese visa photos. Sunglasses or tinted glasses that have not been prescribed are only allowed for medical reasons.
Smiling in a Japanese visa photo
Do not smile in a visa photo for Japan. Keep your expression neutral to simplify the identification process, and don’t show your teeth.
Background colour required for a visa photo for Japan
The background colour required for a Japan visa photo is white or off-white. Visa photos for Japan with a dark or patterned background will not be accepted. Shadows should also be avoided in the face and background.
How recent does my Japanese visa photo need to be?
Your Japan visa photo needs to have been taken within the last six months prior to submission of the application.
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Japanese visa photos: key takeaways
Check out the table below for the most important Japanese visa photo requirements:
Japan Visa Photo Requirement
Head facing forward with the eyes horizontally aligned
Colour or black & white photos
Eyebrows, eyes, and facial contours must be clearly visible
Accessories and headwear
Not allowed if they obscure the face
35 mm x 45 mm
Avoid turtlenecks, hoodies, revealing tops, sleeveless clothing, tube tops, halters, and uniforms that resemble military outfits
Head coverings only allowed for religious or medical reasons
Allowed, as long as the eyes remain visible
Keep a neutral facial expression, no smiling
White or off-white background is required
Taken within the last six months
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