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Japan Visa application: Photo requirements and size guide
Photo of Jan Koelle Jan Koelle
2 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Planning your journey to Japan involves an exciting chapter of planning and exploration. Before diving into the vibrant streets of Tokyo, there's one crucial step to ensure a smooth trip: applying for your Japanese Visa and submitting a government-compliant passport photo as part of the process.

In this article, we'll give you a complete overview of the photo requirements for the Japan Tourist Visa and eVisa applications.

Understanding Japan's Visa photo requirements

Navigating through the visa photo requirements for Japan doesn't need to be complicated. Here’s a streamlined guide to help you capture the perfect photo that meets Japan’s specifications:

  • Size: The photo must measure ca. 45×45 mm.
  • Color and quality: Opt for a color photo with a resolution of at least 600 dpi to ensure clarity and detail. When printing a photo, use good-quality paper.
  • Facial position & expression: Position your head so that the distance from chin to forehead ranges between 32 mm and 36 mm. Maintain a neutral expression, with your mouth closed and your eyes looking directly at the camera.
  • Recent photos only: Snap your photo within the last six months to reflect your current appearance accurately.
  • Background: A solid white background without any patterns or colors is required to avoid distractions.
  • Attire: While no specific dress code is mandated, choosing attire that contrasts with the white background will make your photo stand out. Avoid uniforms.
  • Accessories: Glasses may be worn if they do not obstruct your eyes, but sunglasses or tinted lenses are prohibited. Except for religious purposes, headgear should be avoided to ensure a clear view of your face.
  • Facial hair: Usually allowed if part of your everyday appearance.

Japan Visa photo and size example

Here's an example of an acceptable photo for the Japan Visa and eVisa applications:

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Japan Visa: Photo rules and requirements for infants and children

Traveling with little ones? Each child, from infants to teenagers, must have their own passport and visa photos. Here are some additional tips for snapping that perfect shot of your young travelers:

  • Ensure the child is the only one in the photo, with a clear white background.
  • For infants unable to sit unaided, a white sheet may be used to support them, ensuring no hands or objects are visible.
  • A car seat with a white sheet may help to keep a baby steady without holding them. Take the photo from above.
  • Patience is key, as capturing a photo with the child’s eyes open might take several attempts.

Learn more about the Japan Visa and eVisa application requirements

Not sure which visa you need for Japan? Check more info here and apply instantly with our tips and guidance. If you have another questions, reach out visa online chat or WhatsApp. We're ready to assist!

  • iVisa is NOT affiliated with any government agency. This site does not provide legal advice and we are not a law firm. None of our customer service representatives are lawyers and they also do not provide legal advice. We are a private, internet-based travel and immigration consultancy provider dedicated to helping individuals travel around the world. You may apply by yourself directly on the various government websites. For government source information, please visit our product pages.
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