Russian Visa

Russian Visa

Get your perfect biometric photo (compliance guaranteed)

What do you get?

You save time and money - take a biometric photo conveniently without leaving home

Digital photo within a few seconds or printouts shipping to your home
Professional service
Over 1,000,000 people have used our services within 7 years.
Guarantee of acceptance
If your photo is rejected by authorities, we will refund you twice the price you paid
Satisfaction guarantee
Take as many photo shots as you want - you pay only when you are satisfied

What do our users write about us?

The reviews come from our customer satisfaction surveys.

Alison Burry does a great job, They turn any photo into a passport photo within seconds. If something seems doubtful, they do it manually and send the new photos for free. They also do a fantastic service even after the purchase. I love their service, 100% recommend it.

Ann Y.

Excellent service. Very good software that enhanced our photos. They also did a manual check and had me redo one of the pictures for free. I have only used online passport photos for more than 10 years. This is by far the best.

Pauline Jackson

Can't thank these people enough, they have gone above and beyond today to produce a lovely passport photograph from my poor photograph. Thank you for all your efforts. I would recommend this company good value, professional and kind.

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Russian visa photo - size and requirements

Russia Visa Photo
Width: 35 mm
Height: 45 mm
600 dpi
Image definition parameters
  • Head height: 33 mm
  • Top of the Photo to Top of the Hair: 5 mm
Is it suitable for online submission?
Is it printable?
Background Color

How to take 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

Russian Passport Photo Guidelines

To visit the Russian Federation, you need a visa - which is obtained after filling out a form and providing five identical color photographs, no older than six months. Here is a guide to taking a photo that will be accepted by Russian visa authorities.

Russian Passport Photo Requirements

In order to be accepted, the Russian visa photo must follow certain rules:

  • The background must be white or off-white.
  • The Russian visa photo must be in color.
  • A neutral expression is required.
  • You are not allowed to wear extravagant outfits or uniforms - apart from religious garments.
  • Glasses, headphones and other accessories may not be worn.
  • Keep your eyes wide open.
  • Look straight into the camera with your face fully in view.
  • There is no official dress code for the Russian visa photo. You can wear casual clothes as long as it is not extravagant. It is forbidden to wear a uniform or military clothing.

Russian Passport Photo Size

the photo for the Russian visa must have certain dimensions and comply with certain parameters:

  • the photo must be 35 mm width and 45 mm height without a frame.
  • it must not be a selfie.
  • the head must be placed in the center of the picture.
  • face should cover about 50% of the whole area (27mm - 36 mm from the chin to the top of the head) and the head and shoulders between 70% and 80% of the photo.
  • the subject of the photo must look straight forward, both sides of your face must be equally visible. Side and angled views are not acceptable.

Pay attention: all incorrectly cropped photos will be rejected, so a cropping tool for Russia visa photos may be useful for you. 

Most common mistakes on Russian passport photos

Incorrect lighting

It is very important that the photo has the right balance of brightness - not too light or too dark. The face must be well lit and visible and there must be no shadows in the photo.

Incorrect sizing

Attach a printed photo with the exact size of 35mm x 45 mm to your application. It is also important to center the head in the image, covering an area between 70% and 80% of the photo.

Unclear or blurry photo

Make sure that the photo for the Russian visa is in focus. Both the digital file and the printed photo cannot have grainy pixels or be blurry.

The picture is altered

Do not apply filters to an image or edit it with computer programs. It is important that the photo shows your natural appearance, especially your natural skin color and eye color. Remember that the Russia visa photo is not a picture for Instagram. 

Red-eye effect

Photos with red-eye effect will probably not be accepted. The photo must be of high quality.

Photo is too old

The picture must show your current appearance, so it must not be older than 6 months from the date of application.

Russia visa passport photo maker (online tool)

Our online passport photo maker can give you a visa photo from the comfort of your own home. You are also 100% guaranteed that the photo you take will meet all the requirements by the Russian authorities. Simply take a photo with your smartphone or digital camera and upload it to our editor, which will convert the photo into the format you require. In case you need to print the passport photos, our editor will create a template for you to print them for a few cents at any photo-copying store. Thanks to our delivery option, you can also request to receive them at your home.

Passport photo background editor

The Russia visa photo requires a white background free of patterns. Our tool removes the wrong features of a background such as shadows, patterns, unnecessary objects in the picture, or the wrong color; and replaces it with the right one required by the authorities! If you don’t know the requirements which your country has set, just leave it to us! Use our background-removing tool which changes it to the required color. 

Passport photo cropping tool

The incorrect size of a photo can lead to rejection by authorities. Our online photo cropper adjusts your photographs and changes them as required by the Russian authorities. It also adjusts the photo according to the head and face dimensions required by the guidelines of the Russian visa. 

Passport photo resizer - convert photo to passport size

Our online service allows you to adapt the photos to the size and definition required for the chosen document and resize your picture to the size 35 mm x 45 mm specified for the russian visa. 

Passport photo template

Our tool will insert the photos in a template that will allow you to print the photos by yourself in a local printing place or order them already printed by mail.

Passport photo checker

After the various modifications made by our editor, all the parameters of the final photo will be checked, especially the elements in the photo and its quality. The photo checker validates the sent photos and makes sure it will have a 100% guarantee of acceptance. Create a passport photo with our online cropping tool, converter and resizer and save yourself time and money!

How to take a Russia visa photo by phone?

In addition to our online service, you can also use our editor from your smartphone via our Android and iOS app. You'll be able to create your Russian visa photo directly from your phone in just a few steps:

  • Strike a pose in front of the window or turn on some lights in front of you in case the light isn't enough.
  • Ask someone to take a picture of you or use a tripod by positioning it about 6 feet away.
  • Comply with Russian visa requirements regarding clothing and expression.
  • Upload your photo to the app.
  • Receive the file via email ready to be printed or sent digitally.

Last update: 17/05/2022

Frequently Asked Questions

💡 How should I pose for the Russian visa photo?

In your Russian visa photo you should look directly in the camera with your eyes open. You shoukd have a neutral expression - so no smiling or frowning - and keep your mouth closed. Your face should be clear and in focus and your head centred and not tilted.

💡 Can I wear a head covering in my Russian visa photo?

Head coverings worn daily for religous purpouses may be worn in your Russian visa photo, as long as it does not obscure your face in any way. Headgear not for religous reasons is not permitted - such as hats.

💡 Can I wear glasses in my Russian visa photo?

Glasses must not be worn in your Russian visa photo - unless they cannot be removed for specific medical reasons e.g. post-surgery. In these exceptional cases, the lenses must be clear and you must ensure that they do not cause a glare.
Of course! With our digital app - Passport Photo Online - in you can easily take the biometric photo from home, work or anywhere else you like. Crop and edit your Russian visa photo to fit all of the necessary requirements, saving you time and money.
The Russian visa fee varies depending on the type of visa requested. In addition to the visa fee, you must also pay an additional service charge of £38.40, or £45.60 if it is in an urgent application and you need the visa processed quickly.
Our Passport Photo Online app uses AI to check that all the requirements are fullfilled in your biometric photo. When using our app to take the Russian visa photo, it will tell you what needs to be altered in order for the photo to be accepted by the Russian Government. We can even assure you that if the photo does get rejected - we will reimburse you!
The required size of the Russian visa photo is 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm, with the length of the head in the biometric photo being 3 cm.
Its easier than ever before with the Passport Photo Online app! Simply use our digital photo editor, and it will automatically resize your Russian visa photo to the required dimensions - assuring you that it will be accepted by the Russian Government quickly and easily!
Processing times for your Russian visa vary between applications, but generally the standard service takes up to 20 business days. If you pay the additional charge for an urgent service, it usually only takes up to 3 business days.
UK residents must apply for their Russian visa in person at one of the visa application centres in either Manchester, Edinburgh or London. You must make an appointment and bring along the biometroc photo, Russian visa application and all of the necesarry supporting documents.

About the document

Russian Visa

In general, all UK nationals require a visa to enter Russia for any reason - whether it is for tourism or to live. To obtain a Russian visa, you must apply in person at one of the visa centers in London, Manchester or Edinburgh. The price of your Russian visa depends on the visa type requested, and always includes an additional service charge of £38.40.

Types of Russian Visas

There are several different types of Russian visas available depending on the reason for traveling and the length of time you are planning on staying. This includes Russian tourism Visa, a Russian work visa, student visa, and more. Once you have established the type of Russia visa that is suitable for you - you simply need to complete the Russian visa application form and provide the documents required. These depend on the type of visa applied for and include a passport and a passport-style photograph.

Russian visa photo

There are many requirements that your Russian visa photo must meet for your application to be accepted. The biometric photo must have been taken within six months before application, be of clear quality, and in focus. It should be 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm in size and be taken in front of a white or off-white background - with the face in full view with a neutral expression (no smiling or frowning). If these requirements for your Russia visa photo are not met, the application will be considered incomplete and you will not be granted a Russian visa. Once taken, you should stick your biometric photo in the Russian visa application form before applying at the visa center.

Passport Photo Online app

With all of these requirements, the process of applying for a Russian visa can seem daunting. Luckily for you - we are here to help. With our professional photo app, we make taking your Russian visa photo as easy and quick as ever. Simply take the photo from anywhere you like, upload it onto the professional photo app, and let it do the work for you. With photo editing tools such as background remover, cropping and resizing tools - it will notify you of anything that needs to be changed and edit the Russian visa photo until it is guaranteed to be accepted by Russian authorities. We even promise to reimburse you if it does get rejected! Save time and money and use our photo editor app to ensure you get your Russian visa as fast as ever.

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