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

Photo specs

  • Required photo size: 2.5 inches in height and 1.5 inches in width
  • The photo you submit must be in color
  • Head size and position: keep your head straight to the camera
  • Recency: must be as recent as 6 months
  • Background: white
  • Smile: no
  • Eyes: must be clearly visible
  • Your ears should appear in the photo
  • The picture must not be blurry
  • Glasses: only acceptable if they do not obstruct your eyes
  • Headgear: as a rule, no. Exceptions are possible for religious purposes
  • Dimensions and size (pixels): at least 600 dpi
  • Attire, clothing, dress code: avoid white clothes
  • Beard: allowed only if it reflects your everyday look
  • Quantity needed in application: 3

Colombia Passport Photo Size Requirements Guide

colombia passport photo requirement and size

Colombia Passport Photo and Visa Photo Requirements – Rules, Guidelines, and Specifications

We already listed all the Colombian passport photo requirements above. However, some of them need a more comprehensive description so that you know what you are dealing with. In case you did not know, an improper passport photo is one of the most common causes of rejection, and we want nothing more than for you to avoid that. The information below should clarify a few things for you.

  • Choosing the right background for your passport photo or visa photo is incredibly important. It cannot have any colors on it, nor patterns or shadows. If you do not have a white wall in your house, the best possible solution is to take a white sheet and hang it on the wall. That should do the trick.
  • Before anything else, make sure that your camera is at eye level. You are not allowed to tilt or rotate your head in any direction while taking the picture. It must face straight into the camera. Also, you cannot submit a portrait-style photo because it will be rejected. Keep in mind that both sides of your face must be equally visible in the passport photo.
  • In a passport photo or a visa photo, you cannot appear with a smile or any other facial expression. Relax your face to achieve a neutral expression.
  • Your eyes must look straight into the camera. You cannot look up or down. Moreover, if you wear glasses, take them off if the frames cover your eyes. Sunglasses and glasses with tinted lenses are prohibited in a passport photo or a visa photo. If you happen to keep your glasses for the picture, make sure that there is no glare.
  • The lighting in a passport photo must be perfect. It cannot be too bright or too dim. Also, it is best if the source of light is right in front of you. That way, there will be no shadows on your face. They have the potential of distorting some of your facial features.
  • Headwear is allowed only if you must keep it on for religious purposes. However, you must be careful so that the headwear does not cast shadows on your face. Also, your face must be entirely visible from the bottom of your chin to the top of your forehead.
  • You can keep your beard for your passport photo or visa photo, but only if it reflects your everyday likeness.

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

Children are not exempt from having a passport or a visa. Needless to say, you must take their picture too. There are no significant differences between children’s and adults’ passport photos and visa photos, although it makes sense for a child’s head to appear smaller in the picture. Do you want some useful tips on how to take a passport photo of a child? Read the information below.

  • When taking the passport photo of a child in his/her car seat, do not forget to place a white sheet on the backrest.
  • When photographing a child from above from the lying down position, make sure to put a white sheet underneath.
  • Remove the hat and pacifier before taking the picture.
  • If you want to hold the baby while taking the photo, make sure that only the baby appears in the picture.
  • Take the passport photo or visa photo when the child is awake.


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