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

When you get ready to apply for a Cameroon passport, you have to make sure that you have at hand the required documentation

Photo specs

  • Size: 4.5 cm in height and 3.5 cm in width
  • The photo you submit must be in color
  • Head size and position: the head must be straight and facing the camera
  • Recency: no older than 6 months
  • Background: white
  • Smile: no
  • Eyes: must be clearly visible
  • Your ears should appear in the shot
  • Make sure that the photo is not blurry
  • Glasses: only if they do not distort your facial features
  • Headgear: accepted only for religious purposes
  • Dimensions and size (pixels): at least 600 dpi
  • Attire, clothing, dress code: in contrast with the background
  • Beard: only if it represents your everyday appearance
  • Quantity needed in application: 4

Cameroon Passport Photo Size Requirements Guide

cameroon passport photo requirement and size

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

While the Cameroon passport photo requirements listed above are quite clear, we think that more information is necessary. You may not know this, but many passport applications are rejected because applicants submit improper passport photos. That is why it is best if you keep yourself informed to not put yourself in that situation.

  • Choose the setting in which you want to take the photo carefully. The background of your passport photo has to be white, so against a white wall is ideal. If you lack such a wall in your house, you can use a white sheet. Hang it on the wall, and you should achieve the best possible result. Colors, patterns, or shadows have no place in a valid passport photo or visa photo.
  • The position of your head in the passport photo is crucial. Portrait-style pictures will be rejected. You have to put the camera in front of you at eye level. Keep your head square to the camera so that both sides of your face are equally visible. Do not tilt or rotate your head when you take the picture.
  • When taking your passport photo, relax your face so that your expression is neutral. You cannot smile, frown, squint, or raise your brows.
  • Your eyes must be clearly visible in your passport photo. Nothing can obstruct them. If you have glasses, make sure that the frames do not cover your eyes. The lenses can create glare, so be careful about that too. In your passport photo, you cannot appear with sunglasses on. Glasses with tinted lenses are also prohibited.
  • If inadequate, the lighting can alter some of your facial features by creating shadows on your face. Make sure that the source of light is in front of you and is neither too bright nor too dark.
  • As a general rule, you cannot appear in your passport photo with your head covered. Nevertheless, if your religious beliefs prevent you from keeping your head uncovered, you are allowed to keep your headwear when you take the passport photo. Even then, you have to make sure that your face is visible from ear to ear and from the top of your forehead to the bottom of your chin.
  • If a beard is a part of your everyday look, you are allowed to keep it for your passport photo or visa photo.

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

Traveling with children means that you have to obtain a passport and visa for them as well. Taking their picture at home is entirely possible, although it may be a bit more complicated. Below you will find some useful tips that will help you take the perfect passport photo of your children.

  • The car seat method is quite efficient. However, if you photograph your child in a car seat, remember to put a white sheet on the backrest.
  • If you have a newborn, it would be best if you take the picture when he/she is lying on the back. You can take the photo from above. Just remember to place the baby on a white sheet or blanket.
  • Remove the baby’s headwear and pacifier before taking the shot.
  • Children should be awake when you take their photo.
  • Remember that only the child can be seen in the photos. If you choose to hold him/her, your hands must not be visible.


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