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Bahrain Passport/Visa Photo Requirements and Size
4 min read
Updated on Dec 19, 2023

When getting ready to apply for a Bahrain passport, you must look into the requirements to make sure that you have all the necessary documentation. One of the requirements is that you must submit, along with your documents, 3 identical passport photos.

Photo specs

  • Size: 6 inches in height and 4 inches in width. The face must measure 38 mm from the chin to the crown of the head
  • Color: black and white photos are not accepted
  • 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: white
  • 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: 3

Bahrain Passport Photo Size Requirements Guide

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

The Bahrain passport photo requirements above are pretty clear, but we would like to go into detail regarding a few of them because we want you to fully understand what you are supposed to do. In case you did not know, a bad passport photo is one of the most frequent causes of rejection. In order to avoid that, please read the information below.

  • When you want to take your passport photo, find a spot where the background is entirely white. It must not have any colors, paintings, or any other patterns on it. Shadows should not appear in the picture either.
  • Before you capture the passport photo, make sure to keep your head level. Do not tilt or rotate it. You cannot take the picture from the side since portrait-style photos are not compliant with the requirements. Keep your shoulders straight and your face pointed directly into the camera.
  • Lighting can be tricky because it has the potential of altering some of your facial features. To avoid that, make sure that the light is directly in front of you. You have to make sure that it is not too bright or too dim. Also, it should not create shadows or reflections on your face.
  • Smiling is not accepted under any circumstances. You can neither frown, squint, nor raise your brows. A relaxed face creates a neutral facial expression, which is perfect for a passport photo.
  • Your eyes should be looking straight into the camera. If you have to wear glasses, make sure that they are well-positioned to not cover your eyes and that they do not create a glare from the light or flash. You cannot wear glasses that have tinted lenses or glasses whose frame covers too much of your face. Needless to say, sunglasses are not allowed either.
  • Headwear is accepted in your passport photo but only if your religion compels you to keep your head covered at all times. Even then, you have to make sure that your face is visible from the bottom of your chin to the top of your forehead. The headwear must not cast shadows on your face.
  • If you usually have a beard, you do not need to shave it off for the passport photo. However, if you plan on shaving it, do it before taking your passport photo.

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

You are likely aware that children of all ages need to have their own individual passport and visa. You can use iVisa Photos to take their photo as well. There are no major differences between children’s and adults’ passport photos, although there are a few things you have to consider. Here are some tips that you will find useful:

  • If you have a newborn and you have to hold his/her head, remember that your hands cannot be visible in the passport photo.
  • Taking a picture of a child in a car seat means that you have to cover the backrest of the chair with a white sheet.
  • When placing a baby on the ground to take the picture from above, a white sheet underneath is necessary.
  • Remove the baby’s headwear and pacifier.
  • Children under 5 years old do not have to look straight into the camera.
  • Children under 1 do not need to have their eyes open.


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