When you apply for an Oman visa, online or at the nearest embassy, one of the requirements asks that you provide a photo of yourself. The said photograph needs to fit some standards, but it depends on the application method. When you apply at an embassy, generally, the photo needs to measure 2 by 2 inches, while when you apply online, the size does not matter because the picture is digital.
A visa photo needs to follow some other rules as well, and you would be surprised how many applications are denied because the photograph does not meet the criteria. Here are other rules your Oman visa photo must follow:
White background – the photo for your visa must be taken against a white background. That is because the color provides the best contrast.
Face straight to camera – when you have your picture taken, make sure that you are facing straight to the camera so that all your facial features are perfectly visible. Taking a picture at an angle can create shadows, which is why it is not allowed.
No headwear – generally, when you have your picture taken for your visa, you are not allowed to have anything that covers your head. There are a few exceptions to the rule. For one, if your religion does not allow you with your head uncovered in public (i.e., women who wear hijabs), then you can keep your headwear. Even so, your face needs to be visible from the top of your forehead to the bottom of your chin.
No glasses – when you take your picture for your visa, take your glasses off. That is because the lenses can create glare from the camera flash so your face will not be entirely visible.
These guidelines for the Oman visa photos are not something that you should know unless you have the equipment and you want to do it at home. Photo studios usually are very well aware of what the rules are when it comes to passport photos.