UAE Visa Photo

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UAE Visa Photo Guidelines

UAE Visa Photo
Width: 43 mm
Height: 55 mm
300 dpi
Image definition parameters
  • Head height: 40 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 make 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

In the United Arab Emirates, the most popular city is Dubai which is also the capital of the Emirate of Dubai. Many tourists from around the world dream about visiting the city of luxury, endless sun and skyscrapers! 

However only Dubai might be your final destination. You might also want to see the other Emirates of UAE like Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Sharjah or Ras Al Khaimah. To be able to travel there, you have to fill the visa application form. However, there are some countries where you do not need a visa or you can get a visa on Arrival. Check what you have to know before your journey!

Photo for UAE Visa - size & requirements 

While taking the right picture of your United Arab Emirates visa you have to be sure that everything is ideal as sometimes the small mistake can cause rejection. Especially when you plan to enter Dubai, the city boasting of the best things. You don’t want to take a bad photo going to a perfect city, right?

Size dimensions of UAE visa photo

The size of UAE visa photographs should be 43 mm x 55 mm but in some places, it states to be submitted in about 51 mm x 51 mm (2-inch x 2 inches). You should find it on government websites or ask your sponsor if you are not sure about the exact specifications. 

If you’re submitting an electronic copy of the picture, it should be 300 pixels in width and 369 pixels in height.

UAE visa photo specifications

There are specific guidelines for the UAE or Dubai visa photo you should meet if you decide to start the process of applying for a UAE visa.

Remember, if something went wrong don’t edit it by removing any birthmarks, scars, tattoos or even red-eye. Use a photo editor on the Passport Photo Online site instead. Our service will find the perfect dimensions and edit your photo for the national law photo requirements.


Before starting to take photos for your UAE visa, you should prepare the right background unless you will try the photo tool available on the Passport Photo Online website or use it straight from the app. It works the way that cuts your picture to the size you need and even changes the background to make it the right colour. 

However, it is important to know the rules for the background, positioning and quality of your UAE visa photo:

  • The background has to be white, without any patterns
  • The picture should be in colour, black and white ones are rejected
  • You must be in the centre of the photo and your face should take up 70% - 80% of the picture
  • Your head, hair, ears, and shoulders have to be in the picture
  • The picture should be of good quality - make sure the picture is clear and sharp without any flares or shadows, over-or under-exposure, or glare
  • The picture must show your real skin tone

The paper of printing should be in good quality as well as the photo and there cannot be any creases or staple marks.

Facial expression

  • You must have a neutral facial expression 
  • Your mouth has to be closed 
  • You must have eyes open and clearly visible
  • You have to stare at the camera lens
  • Your head must be straight, not be tilted

What to wear 

  • The clothes you wear should be darker from the background that you stand out 
  • You can wear eyeglasses if you must but they cannot obscure your eyes and eyebrows. Make sure there is no glare on the glass or reflection on them. Sunglasses are not permitted.
  • You can only wear headgear for religious purposes but be sure that your head-covering does not cover your face because the forehead, chin, and other facial features should be visible. Hats, headbands, and accessories are not allowed. 

UAE visa photo requirements for babies and young children

Nowadays, even infants and babies have to submit a visa photo so is good to meet the requirements children have to do:

  • The child should have as much as possible neutral facial expression and look straight at the camera.
  • The child should be alone in the picture, the parent can’t hold them, none of someone else's body parts can be visible, even hands. If the child cannot support himself/herself, the picture should be taken from above as they are lying down.
  • Toys or dummies aren’t allowed as well.

Dubai visa photo size

The size of the required pictures for your Dubai visa application is the same as with the other emirates in the UAE and is 43 mm x 55 mm (or alternatively 2 x 2 inches). For an electronic copy of the picture, it should be 300 pixels in width and 369 pixels in height.

Is it safe to go to Dubai?

For some countries, the process to get a UAE visa is simple and for free. You don’t have to book an appointment or fill any forms because you just get the stamp on your passport at the airport. But it also depends from where and to where you go because Dubai is known for being a touristic city, which partly lives from tourism now, but other Arabic cities might not be as accommodating, especially for a lonely European woman travelling to Emirates as the culture requires certain behaviours and can be confusing for some European citizens.

You have to meet the culture and how they behave, for instance, in Ramadan. It is good to know something about a country before travelling there, especially if it is a different continent.

However, Dubai is safe to visit as it has heavy monitoring and violent crimes happen there very rarely though, Dubai is extremely strict so illegal there is a public affection (especially between unmarried or homosexual partners), dressing immodestly, drunken behaviours, swearing or making rude gestures and more. 

How to take a UAE visa photo at home?

While you had read all the guidelines you might wonder how to take the UEA photo at home. Here is the guide for you:

  • The photo should have the front view of your face
  • Everything from your hair and forehead to your chin should be visible
  • The face should be in the centre of the photo so that both ears are possible to see
  • You should keep a neutral expression on your face (not smile, grin or raise eyebrows)
  • Try to show your eyes that your hairs do not cover them
  • You should not edit the photograph in any way, instead, you can use a photo editor on the Passport Photo Online site
  • Damaged photos (marked, creased or torn) would not be accepted
  • When you take the right photo do not sign it

Frequently Asked Questions

❓ Do you need a visa to enter UAE?

There are 44 visa-free countries which can enter UAE but 22 nationalities that have to apply for their visa online. Find out your eligibility before your trip to the United Arab Emirates.

❓ How much does UAE visa costs?

Depending on how long you want to enter UAE, the visa will cost differently. However, there are prices in US dollars: 48-hour cost $10, 96-hour cost $30, Tourist short term single entry cost $90, Tourist short term multiple entry $175, Tourist long term single entry $190 - $230,Tourist long term multiple entry costs $460.

❓ What is the photo size for UAE visa?

The size of the required pictures for all emirates in the UAE are 43 mm x 55 mm (or alternatively 2 x 2 inches). For an electronic copy of the picture, it should be 300 pixels in width and 369 pixels in height.
You can apply for your UAE visa online after you book your Emirates flight. There are available online visa application services for residents and nationals of many countries around the world.
Depends on the type of visa you have you can stay longer or shorter. However, after expiry, the UAE gouverment allows you can stay in the UAE for 30 days after the expiry of your visas, however, the residence visa has to be renewed before the end of that period to avoid incurring fines.
Smile usually isn't desirable on most photos to documents and with UAE visa is required to have netural facial expression and seem as natural as possible
You can wear a shirt with a high enough neckline that it will show in the final picture, you can't wear a tank top or a shirt with a wide v-neck in a different color than the background (something darker as the background should be white). Don't wear glasses, only if you need to but in the way that they don't cover your eyes and don't reflect anything like glares. Don't cover your head with hats, headbands, or scarves unless you wear religious headgear on a daily basis, you are allowed to wear it as long as your face is clearly visible.
You can use your phone, a digital camera or tablet. There's available a lot of apps you can use to take you visa photo and they work like a photo booth which edit and resize your photos to the officail requirements.
Dubai is considered as a safe city because the street crime is very rare there, however, Dubai is also extremly strict which means many things are illegal there so meet culture and religious differences can help you avoid unpleasant experiences.
The size of the required pictures for Dubai visa application is the same as for other emirates in the UAE and it is 43 mm x 55 mm (or alternatively 2 x 2 inches). For an electronic copy of the picture, it should be 300 pixels in width and 369 pixels in height.
Many tourists from around the world visit Dubai and it is easy to get the visa there if you have all the required documents and you meet all the dimensions.
Visa processing to Dubai or different UAE time is approximately 3 to 4 working days. 96-hour and 48-hour visas are valid for 30 days from the date of issue all others visas are valid for 60 days from the date of issue.

About the document

Visa requirements for Emirati citizens are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of other states placed on citizens of the United Arab Emirates.

There are different types of visa or entry permits that the UAE Government issued. Depending on the purpose of your visit, it can be distinguished:

  • business visa
  • tourist visa
  • transit visa
  • student visa
  • retirement visa
  • eVisa for GCC residents and patient 
  • someone else’s companion’s entry permits

Who can apply for a UAE visa?

There are available lists of visa-free countries to UAE (44 nations) and 22 nationalities that have to apply for their visa online. Find out your eligibility before your trip to the United Arab Emirates. When planning a trip to Dubai, you may need a UAE tourist visa. It will always depend on your nationality, as the UAE has a list of visa-free countries just like most countries around the world. About 44 countries don’t need a visa to enter the United Arab Emirates.

However, while travelling to any of the Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah) if you are from a different nationality you have to satisfy different criteria to get a valid visa to enter the UAE.

UAE visa application requirements

Except for a UAE visa photo you need several other documents to submit your UAE visa application. You can find the guidelines for documents below:

  • A valid passport along with photocopies of the passport’s relevant pages. However, you may be asked to include photocopies of the relevant pages of your passport (or all the pages on your passport) only so you may not need to submit your original passport at all. 
  • An airline ticket with the way back or an airline ticket for onward travel 
  • Proof of accommodation, such as your place of residence; hotel, etc.
  • Proof of legal residence in your if you are not a citizen of the country in which you are living you have to proof your visa or residence permit)
  • Proof of previous travels
  • If you have a host then proof of your relationship to the host
  • A copy of your host’s UAE Resident Visa and/or their Emirates ID
  • Certified copy of their work contract or their salary certificate

You might be asked about any additional documents related to your purpose of travel, however, these are the most common ones.

UAE visa fees

Depending on the length of your trip you might need a different visa. All fees are shown in UAE Dirhams (AED) and are non-refundable. You can see the types of UAE visas:

  • Tourist Visa Single Entry costs AED 350 and is valid for 60 days of 30 days duration of your trip
  • Tourist Visa Multiple Entry costs AED 650 you are allowed to enter UAE multiple times within 30 days from the date of your first entry with validity for 60 days 
  • Service Visa Single Entry costs AED 400, valid for 14 days
  • Long Term Tourist Visa Single Entry costs AED 1000 and is valid for 60 days in 90 days of duration
  • Long Term Visit Visa Multiple Entry costs AED 2500 you are allowed to enter UAE multiple times within 90 days from the date of your first entry with validity for 60 days 
  • Transit Visa Single Entry costs AED 50, valid for 14 days with a duration of 4 days
  • 48-Hour Transit Visa SingleEntry is for free with a validity of 14 days.

 It takes approximately three to four days to process a UAE visa.

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