Get your perfect biometric photo (compliance guaranteed)
Do you know that you don’t need to go to a professional photography studio, waste your time and spend big money if you want to have a professional-quality photo of the passport of Mauritius? You can do it yourself, just knowing the requirements and using a dedicated tool to adjust your picture to them.
The requirements list is not long and if you use the smart passport photo App, creating a perfect photo is more than easy!
As you already know, it is allowed to take a photo at home. Or wherever and whenever you wish! All you need are:
Mauritius Photo to Passport Generator is ready to download from the AppStore or the Google Play Store. So, it doesn’t matter whether you have an iPhone, Samsung, Nokia or another model of smartphone - with this app you are able to create your passport photo with every device with a camera (except webcams).
Remember only that selfies are not allowed. Ask somebody for help or - if you prefer to do it on your own - use a tripod.
As the Mauritius passport is a biometric document, the photo you attach to the application must satisfy the standards of biometrics. There are some strict requirements about the photo quality, colours, composition and style of the background you must know and meet. These rules are the same in all countries worldwide because currently every state issues only biometric passports, aka e-passports, electronic passports or digital passports - machine-readable documents containing an electronic chip with a biometric photo of its holder.
Your photo attached to the passport application must be printed and in the correct size and crop. Fortunately, thanks to resizing the passport photo tool you are able to get the correct image in 3 seconds and you don’t even need to know the correct size of it!
Just keep in mind that your picture dedicated to the biometric passport must be:
You can find some different information about the required size of the Mauritius Passport Photo. Generally speaking, this is 35 - 40 mm x 45 - 50 mm (width x height) so you have some liberty in this matter.
But the most commonly used size is just 35 mm x 45 mm. This is the most popular size of photos dedicated to Mauritius passports.
But you do not even know that! Once you upload your picture into the Mauritius Passport Photo Resizer, all the process of resizing is done automatically.
Moreover, the photo crop must show the candidate's face with hair from the tip of the chin to the top of the head, neck and upper part of the shoulders. The face image’s size must be 26-30 mm. But again: if you use the smart Photo App, your picture will be cropped automatically too.
So, you do not need to calculate dimensions and think about how to obtain a perfect photo crop. Take your picture normally, do not use zoom in your camera and don’t take a selfie, just keep the distance between you and a photographer (or tripod if you are taking the photo on your own). The recommended distance is between 1,20 and 2 metres.
There is only one rule about the background in the Mauritius passport photo:
The background in your passport-style photo dedicated to the passport of Mauritius must be uniquely white.
What exactly does “uniquely white background” mean?
The background must be clearly white in color but this is not all. It also must be free of objects or people, patterns and spots.
If you want to take your photo on your own and you don’t know how to obtain a uniform, unique color, and a clear background at home, the good news is that you do not!
Only one thing you need to do is to upload your image to the intelligent background removing photo app and you will have all the job done in 1 second! This app will erase every type of background from your image and exchange it into the required one white and clear.
As already mentioned, your photo for the passport in Mauritius must not be older than 6 months. But the new photo is also required if your appearance has changed significantly during this period. It does not mean the case of a change of hairstyle or growing a beard. Also, children and teenagers under 16 years old will not be asked to provide a new image even if they have changed during the natural growth process. But do it if:
Moreover, your passport photo must be original too. It means that you must not cut the image of your head from the bigger photo but take a picture especially for the passport. An “original” photo also means that the picture is not altered by any computer software. Do not process your picture with Photoshop or filters. Remember that artificial intelligence used by consular services is able to detect any graphic alteration and in such a case the photo is being rejected and all the process of issuing the passport extends.
A Mauritius passport-style photo must be biometric. It means that there are some demands about posing and facial expression. The first of them is that the passport-style photo must be portrait-oriented and be a close-up of the face of a candidate. No side-views are accepted, only en-face views are allowed.
The second rule is that the candidate’s head must be centred, not tilted in any direction. A photographed person must look straight ahead at the camera.
How to obtain this view?
The camera lens should be positioned at the sightline and a photographed person must stay straight with shoulders not twisted and head not tilted.
What about the smile in the Mauritius Passport Photo? It is not allowed. Do not smile or frown. Just keep a neutral facial expression: both eyes open, mouth closed, relaxed muscles.
You may have questions about some items such as head covering, eyeglasses, jewellery, piercing, hands-free devices, etc. in the Mauritius passport photos. Are they allowed? Which one of them? Under which conditions? We have gathered all the answers in one place. Check the next paragraphs and learn about allowed and forbidden items in biometric pictures.
Generally speaking, this is a good idea to take off glasses for the moment of capturing a passport-style photo. Their frames may obscure the eyes or they can give glare which is unacceptable.
Anyway, if you wear prescription eyeglasses every day, you can keep them in the photo for your Mauritius passport under certain conditions:
You can wear every hairstyle in your Mauritius Passport Photo as long as your hair does not cover your face or cast shadows on it. However, avoid massive hair decorations. They are generally allowed but they might obscure your face oval and in such a case your picture will not be accepted. The same applies to jewellery. Small pieces are ok but take off huge earrings for the same reason.
If you have facial piercings, you do not need to remove them for a photo, but these items must not give a shadow or glare on your skin and your facial features must still be recognizable.
If you like caps, hats, headbands, or other fashion headgear, you must take them off before taking a passport-style photo.
However, head covering used as a part of a religious or traditional attire may be worn in the Mauritius passport picture. So, you can decide to keep your head covering (like hijab, turban or yarmulke etc.) but make sure that this item does not obscure your face. Your facial features including front and chin must be clearly visible in the photo. For a proper contrast, we recommend you wearing headgear in color contrasting to the background.
Wireless head-phones and other similar objects are not allowed in your photo dedicated to the Mauritius biometric passport. Only people wearing a hearing device are allowed to keep it. The condition of keeping it, however, is that such an item must not cover the face or cast a shadow on it.
The passport picture must be properly exposed, remember that overlit and underlit photos are rejected. Adjust the light but do not use a flash lamp in the moment of capturing your photo dedicated to the passport. Flash can provoke a red-eyes effect that disqualifies the picture. The best light is always natural (daylight).
Moreover, the photo must reproduce your skin tones accurately, so it must be taken in color, not black and white, not with filters.
There are not any contradictions with putting on some makeup while taking a passport-style picture. Face powder is especially recommended as it can help prevent skin shining. You may use lipstick and mascara as well if you like it. The main rule is always the same: your facial features must be recognizable in your passport photo.
When it comes to a dress code, you are free to wear clothes you like. There are no “musts” or “mustn't” here. The good advice is just to wear a top (and hijab if you wear it) in a color different from white in order to obtain a proper contrast with the background.
As you already know, you must submit two printed photos together with your passport application. But you must not print them with your home printer, on normal paper. Photos printed with the inkjet printed are of poor quality and cannot be accepted by the passport office.
You already know all the requirements about Mauritius passport photos and you may think that the process is a bit complicated. But this is not!
It is still very easy to produce a high-quality photo at home! You can do it with your smartphone using a passport photo maker cropping, resizing, and adjusting your picture. You can print your shots in some photo store or photo booth in your neighbourhood. It takes just a moment and you can do it anywhere at any time!
Every month some amount of passport applications must be rejected by Mauritius consular officers because applicants attach wrong pictures. In such a case, a candidate is asked to submit a new photo and all the process of issuing a passport is extended.
So, if you have a planned trip and your passport is not ready on time, it may be a big problem. Read what are the most common mistakes and avoid them! Be sure that your passport photo is valid and correct.
The most common errors are:
This is a tool based on artificial intelligence that adjusts the size, crop and background in one second!
So, it does not matter whether you are an Apple products lover (this App works for iPhones and iPads) or you have a Samsung, Nokia or another smartphone. You can download the smart Passport photo app from the AppStore for iOS operating devices or from the Google Play Store for the Android-based ones.
This App verifies every uploaded photo, so you will get feedback about your passport picture. And if the App marks it as a correct one, we guarantee you the acceptance of the consular office. So, why not take a chance of saving money and time?
Last update: 10/6/22
The Mauritian institution authorised to issue the passport to the citizens of this country is the Mauritius Passport and Immigration Office which is a branch of the Mauritius Police Force and operates under the aegis of the Prime Minister’s Office as well as the Commissioner of Police. Every day it issues approximately 500 new documents.
According to the Henley visa restrictions index from 2019 (before COVID-19 pandemic), holders of the passports of Mauritius had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 145 countries and territories. This ranked the Mauritian passport 31st place in terms of travel freedom.
Mauritian passport is a biometric document and has a machine-readable page as well as an electronic chip containing the biodata of its holder. The identity information page of a Mauritian passport presents the following data:
In order to complete your Mauritian passport application, you have to fill in the PF 136 Application Form and submit originals and copies of the following documents:
In the case you have lost your passport, a Certificate from the Police is needed.
Additional documents may be needed if you are married or divorced. In such a case, bring with you:
Be informed that all required documents should be in one of two languages: English or French. If you have documents in other languages, they should be translated by a registered sworn translator.