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Austria Passport/Visa Photo Requirements and Size
4 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Getting your Austrian passport should not be a challenging task. However, each passport is different, and you need to make sure that you meet all the requirements. One thing you have to submit along with all the required documentation is one or multiple passport photos.

Photo specs

  • Size: 45 mm in height and 35 mm in width. The face should be 2/3 of the photo, meaning 36 mm in height
  • Color: while black and white images can be accepted, we recommend a color photo
  • Head size and position: your head must not be at an angle, and you cannot take a portrait-style photo
  • Recency: as recent as possible but not older than 6 months. It has to reflect your current look
  • Background: a light color, preferably white or light grey
  • Smile: no. Only neutral facial expressions are acceptable
  • Eyes: must be clearly visible
  • Your ears should be in the shot
  • Blurred photos will be rejected
  • Glasses: only if absolutely necessary and do not alter your look
  • Headgear: not accepted unless you cover your head for religious purposes
  • Dimensions and size (pixels): at least 600 dpi
  • Attire, clothing, dress code: must be in contrast with the background
  • Beard: only if you usually have one
  • Quantity needed in application: 2

Austria Passport Photo Size Requirements Guide

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Austria Passport Photos and Visa Photo Requirements – Rules, Guidelines, and Specifications

While we did mention the specifications of the passport photo above, we feel that further details are required. Did you know that an inadequate passport photo is one of the most common causes a passport application is rejected? With that in mind, take a look at the details of some of the specifications we have already given.

  • The background can be white or light grey. It should never have colors or patterns on it. Also, make sure that there are no shadows on the background when you take the passport photo. That can lead to a rejection, so better to not risk it.
  • Your head should always be straight. Do not tilt or rotate it in any way. Your shoulders should also be in the picture. You are not allowed to submit a portrait-style photo. Basically, both sides of your head must be visible equally.
  • Place yourself in front of a source of light. That way, you will not have any shadows or reflections on your face. That can distort your facial features and lead to a rejection. The source of light should not be too bright or too dim.
  • When you take your passport photo, relax your face so that you create a neutral expression. You cannot smile, frown, squint, raise your eyebrows, or anything else that may modify your facial features.
  • Your eyes should be looking straight into the camera. Do not squint because they will not be as visible.
  • If you absolutely have to wear glasses in your passport photo, make sure that there is no glare in the picture. Also, if your glasses frames cover too much of your face, take them off. Sunglasses or glasses that have tinted lenses are prohibited.
  • Headwear usually is not accepted. However, if your religious beliefs prevent you from uncovering your head, make sure that your face is visible from the bottom of your chin to the top of your head. That is the only allowed compromise.
  • If you have a beard, you can keep it when you take your passport photo. Nevertheless, if you plan on shaving it off, you should do so before having your picture taken.

Rules and Requirements for Babies, Infants, and Newborn Passport and Visa Photos

Children, no matter the age, need their own passport and visa, which is why a passport photo is necessary for them as well. There are a few differences when it comes to adults’ passport photos and children’s passport photo, but nothing too significant. Here are some tips you must consider:

  • If your baby is too young, you can hold him/her during the photo shoot. Just remember that your hands cannot be visible in the picture.
  • Make sure that the baby’s eyes are open.
  • If you want to photograph your child in his/her car seat or on the ground (from above), do not forget to put a white sheet on the backrest of the seat or underneath him/her. The background rules apply to children as well.
  • The baby cannot have his/her head covered during the photoshoot. Remove the pacifier as well.


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