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Switzerland Passport Photo - Size & Requirements
Width: 35 mm
Height: 45 mm
Head height: 34.5 mm
Top of the Photo to Top of the Hair: 3 mm
How to prepare yourself?
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.
Swiss Passport Photo Guidelines
If you live in certain cantons, you can bring your own digital photo instead of taking it in the Passport Office. This gives you a great opportunity to control how you actually look in your photo. If you take it in the office, you have no big choice. You are expected to accept the first shot they will take because there is no time for corrections.
So if you want to like the picture you will show to many people all over the world for the next 10 years, consider the option we named “take your passport photo at home”. All you need are:
- smartphone or a digital camera
- photographer (ask somebody to help as selfie is not acceptable)
- tripod if you prefer to do it on your own
- list of the Swiss passport photo requirements
- Passport Photo Generator to properly resize, crop and adjust your picture
How to take a correct passport photo?
Actually, this is much easier than you may think. Every day thousands of people worldwide decide to save their time and money and take the passport photo at home instead of tracking down photo booths or professional photo studios. With the little help of our intelligent photo app you are perfectly able to create a photo which is the same as a professionally taken one in terms of quality. Take a while and read our short guidelines. In 5 minutes you will know how:
- must be the biometric photo
- is the required size and crop for the Swiss passport photo
- to pose, where to look and what do to and not to do
- to verify if your photograph is correct
- to pay less and save time while taking a passport-style photo
Biometric passport photo DIY
Nowadays every country issues only biometric passports. It does mean that the page with data and photograph must be readable for facial recognition programs used by immigrations services and border guards. This photo, what is obvious, must meet certain requirements which strictly set:
- size and crop
- resolution (if the photo is digital)
- color of background
- head position
- composition of the picture
- what is allowed and forbidden in the photo
As artificial intelligence must be able to identify the passport holder comparing the person’s face with individual features visible in the photo, there is a requirement of a neutral face expression. In practise: the candidate must not smile or make grimaces. This could be a little bit awkward because the photograph in the biometric passport looks a bit like a mugshot but if you smile, your photo will be automatically rejected.
Anyway, even if you must not smile, you still can create a correct and attractive photo of yourself. Read the article and have fun capturing a photo by yourself.
Swiss passport photo requirements
Before you face the camera, read carefully what are “musts” and “mustn’ts” for a digital passport photo taken at home. This knowledge guarantees you that the photo will be approved by the Passport Office.
Your passport photo must represent your current appearance so it cannot be taken more than 6 months before you submit your passport application. Remember that once you get a passport-style photo with our Passport Photo Maker you may use it as many times as you want. Maybe you want to apply for the ID card together with your passport? After ordering a photo template on our website, you will receive it on your email in JPEG format. You can upload it to different online applications or print it if you wish. Just watch out for its “expiration date”.
Size and crop
The demanded dimensions for a passport photo in Switzerland are 35 mm x 45 mm. There must be 5 mm space left between the top of the head and the edge of the photo. The head must be positioned in a central spot of the image. It cannot be too big or too small. Acceptable size of the head from the chin to the crown is 29 mm minimum and 34 mm maximum.
But the great news is that you don’t even need to know all those details! Once you pick up the template for a chosen document (eg. Swiss Passport) and upload the picture, our program automatically resizes and crops the image to the required dimensions.
The background must be light-grey, plain, free of patterns and shadows. There must be some space left between both sides of your face and the edges of the picture so if your hair is voluminous, consider to wear it up. No other persons or objects must be visible with you in the picture - only your face, neck and the upper part of your shoulders.
But it does not mean that you have to paint your wall now! Actually, you can take your picture wherever you want and then use our background removing photo tool. It erases an unsuitable background in one second and exchanges it into a light-grey, plain one.
As you already know, you must not smile in your biometric photo. The specification calls it “a neutral facial expression”. It means that you need to close your mouths (but don’t tighten them), open your eyes and relax your facial muscles. Look straight at the camera. Do not tilt your head in any direction, make sure that the camera lens is on the level of your eyes. Smiling, frowning or making grimaces cause rejection of photos.
Glasses in the passport photo
If you wear eyeglasses every day, you may keep them while capturing a photo for a passport. Just make sure that their frames do not obscure your eyes and do not drop shadows on your face. The glasses must be transparent - sunglasses and tinted glasses are prohibited. There must not be a glare from glasses.
Headgears (fashion and religious)
In the passport photo, you cannot pose in the head covered by a fashion headgear, for example a cap, a hat or a headband. However, if you cover your head for religious reasons and you travel internationally with the head covering, you may keep it while capturing a photo to passport. But there are some rules about head coverings: they cannot obscure your face or drop shadows on the skin. Do not wear headgear in the same color as the color of the background.
Passport picture quality
If you print your photos, don’t use a home inkjet printer. Passport photos must be professionally printed on photo-quality paper. You may send them or send the template to a one-hour photo store. You may also bring your picture on USB-stick. In both cases, your photo must meet certain technical requirements. It must be:
- properly exposed (overexposed and underexposed photos are rejected)
- sharp and clear
- showing your skin tones naturally
Switzerland Passport Photo Originality
You probably have a lot of very pretty photos from holidays or parties and maybe you ask yourself: can I use one of those pictures as my passport photo?
The answer is: you can do it if the photo is not a selfie and its crop is correct. This is not allowed to cut out the crop from the bigger photo and use the zoom function. Another condition about the originality says about computer software alteration. Remember that you must not interfere in your picture with any computer programs or filters. Artificial intelligence validation pictures recognize immediately any kind of interferation and such a photo is automatically rejected.
Passport Photo Lights
As your face must be evenly illuminated, our advice is to use daylight. The best option is to stand or sit down facing the window, taking a 1,5-2 m distance. Do not use a flash lamp because it may cause unnatural effects such as “the red eyes effect” or glares on your skin. Both of them disqualify the picture.
Swiss Passport Photo - the biggest mistakes made by candidates
Swiss passport processing time is not long but may be extended if you make some mistakes in your application form or submit a photo which does not meet all the requirements. To avoid this last situation, read about the most common mistakes people make just to be sure you will not do that. As we have been informed in many passport offices in the world, the most often disqualifying mistakes are:
- not an en-face view
- a selfie or with head tilted
- “smiling” photos
- face partly covered - by a headscarf or hair
- the head not centred in the picture
- shadow on the face or on the background
- wrong size of the photo
- eyeglasses obscuring pupils
Remember also that your Swiss passport photo must be:
- properly exposed (not underlit or overlit)
- not washout or blurred
- focused, sharp and clear
- printed on the photo-quality paper
Swiss Passport Photo Maker
Of course you can book a session in a professional studio, drive there and pay for at maximum three different shots which you will not necessarily like. But is it not easier to stay safe at home (especially now, in coronavirus times), find a convenient moment and take as many shots as you wish?
Everybody likes to have a choice and when you use the Passport Photo Maker you can try many outfits and hairstyles, experiment with makeups and lights. Every photo shot you take is verified by artificial intelligence and you can decide whether to order it or take more pictures. All of this is totally free of charge and you pay only for what you buy. Once you statet “yes, this is it!”, you simply order your favourite photo and get it on your email address.
Passport Photo Editor for iOS
We have good news for Apple products lovers: you can download our Photo App from the AppStore. This app will let you prepare and store your photo shots and use them more than one time. You may upload them to online applications or print them in for example one-hour photo service. But if you don’t need at the moment a passport or visa photo, you can use this app to prepare your portrait-style photograph which could be a wonderful gift for somebody you like.
Passport Photo App for Android
For models of smartphones like Samsung, LG, Huawei, HTC, Lenovo and Sony you can download Photo Editor from Google Play Store. Use this app to create, store and correct your passport-style (but not only) photos. You pay only once and you may use your photo template multiple times, whenever you need or create a new one for new documents. In our App we offer more than 100 photo templates to different documents such as visas, passports, driving licences etc. Just find the one you need, upload the photo and the program will do the rest!
Swiss Passport Photo with a guarantee
Do you know how to order a passport photo with 100% warranty of acceptance by the Passport Office? That is easy: on our website! Every photo you create with us is validated and if the artificial intelligence marks it as correct, you can be 100% sure that this picture will not be rejected by the office employees. If for some reason it is (but it has never happened before!) your photo is rejected, we return you money. Why? Because all we care about is your satisfaction!
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