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Body-camera distance

The distance between the face and the camera should be about 40 cm. Ideally the photo should be taken by the other person.


Posture: Straight ahead

Place your face in front of the lens. Hold the camera at eye level and keep neutral face expression.



Stand facing the light source, for example an exposed window. The background will be cut out, don't worry about it.

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Indian Visa Photo: Tips to Avoid Photo Rejection
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How to Take the Perfect Indian Visa Photo

Are you planning to apply for an Indian visa soon and don't want to waste time and money on finding a photographer? 

Look no further! 

With just your smartphone and our easy-to-use tool, you can take the perfect Indian visa photo right from the comfort of your home. 

We will show you how to take the perfect Indian visa photo that meets all the necessary requirements.

What Are the Photo Requirements for the Indian Visa?

Your Indian visa photo must meet a set of criteria to successfully pass the application process.
We’ve prepared a handy checklist to help you meet all the requirements for your photo:

  • Use a color photo that measures 2x2 inches (51x51 mm)
  • Ensure the photo is clear and of continuous-tone quality
  • Take the photo with a front-facing view of your face and with your eyes open
  • Capture your full head in the photo, from the top of your hair to the bottom of your chin
  • Center your head within the photo frame
  • Use a plain white background with no distracting shadows on the face or background
  • Wear colored attire, such as a medium blue shirt, and avoid patterns, textures, or pure white
  • If you wear a head covering for religious reasons, ensure that your facial features from the bottom of your chin to the top of your forehead and both edges of your face are clearly visible
  • Maintain a natural facial expression

What Is the Photo Size of the Indian Visa?

When applying for an Indian visa, it is important to provide a photograph that meets the specific size requirements set by the Indian government.

The size of the photo can affect the outcome of your application, so it is essential to ensure that your photo meets the necessary dimensions:

Requirements Description
Size of photo The Indian visa photo must be 2x2 inches or 51mm x 51mm in size.
Head position The Indian visa photo should present the full head from the top of the hair to the bottom of the chin.
Head height The height of the head should measure 1 inch to 3/8 inches (25 mm to 35 mm).
Eye height The eye height in the photo should be between 11/8 inches to 11/3 inches.
Color of photo The photo should be in a natural color that shows your skin tone clearly.
Dimensions of digital photo The dimensions of the digital photo should be between 350x350 pixels and 1000x1000 pixels.
Size of digital file The size of the digital file should be between 10KB to 300KB.

💡 Tip: With the tool, you don't need to stress about the size of your photo. Our tool can automatically crop your photo to the correct size.

What Do You Wear for the Indian Visa Photo?

Indian visa photos require you to wear clothing that meets the necessary requirements and standards.

Make sure you follow these instructions when choosing attire for an official Indian visa photo:

  1. Dress appropriately: You want to wear clothing that is appropriate for the purpose of the visa application, whether it's for business or tourism. Avoid clothing with logos or slogans, and choose something that is conservative and not too casual.
  2. Keep it simple: Avoid bold patterns or bright colors that can be distracting in the photo. Instead, opt for solid colors that are neutral and complimentary to your skin tone.
  3. Avoid jewelry: Wearing too much jewelry can be distracting in the photo and can cause reflections or shadows on your face. It is best to avoid wearing any jewelry, or keep it minimal.
  4. Consider the background: Remember that Indian visa photos require a neutral background, so it's best to avoid clothing that blends in with the background.
  5. Keep hair away from the face: Even though hair isn’t part of your attire, it’s worth mentioning it here. Make sure it’s pulled back, as any hair that falls over your face may cause the photo to get rejected.

Can I Take My Indian Visa Photo at Home?

Yes, you can take your Indian visa photo at home if you have a smartphone with good camera, lighting, and a proper background.

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to take an Indian visa photo at home:

  1. Find a plain white wall or a white sheet to use as a background. Make sure there are no patterns, designs, or colors in the background.
  2. Set up a phone on a tripod or ask a friend or family member to help you take the photo.
  3. Position yourself so that your head is in the center of the photo, and your face is directly facing the camera.
  4. Keep your face straight and your eyes open, looking directly at the camera. Do not smile or show any facial expression.
  5. If you wear glasses, ensure they are not tinted, and only prescription glasses are allowed. Make sure there are no reflections on the lenses.
  6. Remove any headwear unless it is for religious purposes, and it does not block your face.
  7. Take the photo in natural light to avoid shadows and glare. Ensure the lighting is even and not too harsh.
  8. Ensure that the photo is not blurry or overexposed. 
  9. Take another photo if the first one does not meet the requirements.

💡 Tip: Don't worry about the background of your photo when using the ePassportPhoto tool – our software will automatically remove it for you.

Benefits of DIY Indian Visa Photos

When applying for an Indian visa, it's essential that your photo meets specific requirements set by the International Standards Organization (ISO), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and the Bureau of Immigration (BoI). 

These standards ensure that your photo is suitable for identification purposes and that it meets the requirements for visa processing. 

Our online photo editor ensures that your photo meets all necessary requirements. But that's not all our tool offers. By using our services, you can also take advantage of additional benefits, such as:

  • Get your photos delivered right to your door on high-quality photo paper
  • Get a digital copy of your photo right away by email
  • Print two Indian visa photos for a discounted price using our 4x6-inch printable template
  • Take our portable photo booth anywhere to snap perfect visa photos for the whole family, even babies and small children

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What if the photo is rejected?

At, we understand the importance of having your visa application accepted, which is why we offer a guarantee that your photo will be accepted. In the unlikely event that your photo is rejected, we will provide you with a 200% refund.

Last update: 6/7/23

About the document

Indian Visa – important information

Indian Visa is a document, which permits you to enter the Republic of India and to stay there as long as it’s allowed – it depends on the type of Visa. Indian Visa may be issued only by an Indian embassy or consulate, but the government of India created an easy way to obtain this document: Three step regular visa application process, which you can get to know at the official Government of India website. E-visa allows arriving at the 28 airports and 5 seaports.

Do I need an Indian Visa?

  • Citiziens of Bhutan and Nepal do not require visas to enter India and can stay in the country without any limits.
  • Foreign citizens with Overseas Citizen of India certificate or a Persons of Indian Origin Card have the right to domicile in India. They can also enter India unlimited times.
  • Citizens of Maldives do not require visas to enter India for up to 90 days.
  • Citizens of Japan, South Korea, and United Arab Emirates can apply for a visa on arrival in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

The most popular types of Indian visas

There can be numerous reasons for you to go to India and this is why the Government of India created a lot of different types of Indian Visas:

  • Tourist Visa, granted for 5 years,
  • Transit Visa, granted for 15 days,
  • Business Visa, granted for 5 years,
  • Employment Visa, granted for 1 year or period of contract,
  • Student Visa, granted for 5 years or period of the course,
  • Medical Visa, granted for 5 years or period of the treatment.

The online application form is meant for just one person, each applicant has to file a separate application. There is also an option to save the online application form. This is an easier way to verify accuracy of all the details, because once the online application form is submitted, no modifications are allowed. Each applicant must schedule a separate appointment at a previously selected Indian Mission.

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

How can I get an Indian Visa?

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Through the application process: Fill the Visa Application online, submit the necessary documents, and receive your Indian Visa.

How long does it take to get an Indian Visa?

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For Indian e-Visa, you need to apply at least 4 days in advance of your arrival to India because the Indian Mission/Post requires a minimum of 3 working days to process the case and issue a visa. It can be made as early as 120 days in advance.

How do I get an Indian Visa Photo?

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To get an Indian Visa Photo you should just take it at home, upload it on and wait for an email with a digital photo.

Visa is required for any foreign visitor to India. Those who will come to India without a visa may be immediately deported.

  • Tourist Visa: Up to 10 years, for 180 days of staying;
  • Business Visa: 1 year or 10 years;
  • Student Visa: 5 years, or the duration of the course;
  • Conference Visa: 3 months;
  • Transit Visa: 15 days. For 72 hours of staying.

That depends on the type of India Visa. Application Fees are 160$ (Business), 150$ (Tourist), 100$ (Student, Conference, Journalist, Medical), 40$ (Transit).

No, neutral facial expression is required.

2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm). Head should measure 1 inch to 1-/8 inches (25 mm to 35 mm).