Costa Rica Passport/Visa Photo Requirements and Size
iVisa | Updated on Oct 07, 2021

The process of acquiring a Costa Rica passport is not overly complicated. You must, however, provide the issuing authority with the necessary documentation. Along with the rest of the documents, you must submit 2 passport photos, and that is something iVisa Photos can help you with. You can take your picture at home instead of going to a photo studio. Convenient, right?

Since we are talking about international travel, you may be interested in checking out our website. can help you find out whether or not you need a visa and if you qualify for an electronic visa. If that is the case, they can also help you get it with little to no effort.

Photo specs

  • Required photo size: 4.5 cm in height and 3.5 cm in width. The head must occupy 60-70% of the picture’s surface
  • 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: it is allowed only if it reflects your everyday look
  • Quantity needed in application: 2

Costa Rica Passport Photo Size Requirements Guide

costa rica passport photo requirement and size

Costa Rica Passport Photo and Visa Photo Requirements – Rules, Guidelines, and Specifications

While some people find the Costa Rican passport photo requirements above sufficient, some people will need more information. That is why we provided some additional explanations below. After all, an inadequate passport photo is one of the most common causes of rejection, and we do not want that to happen to you.

  • The environment in which you choose to take your picture must include a white background. Feel free to use any white wall you may have in the house. If that is not possible, take a white sheet and hang it on a wall. Voila! You’ve got yourself a white background.
  • When taking the photo for a passport or a visa, you need to place the camera at eye level. That way, your face is clearly visible. You cannot rotate or tilt your head because your facial features must be equally evident on both sides. As you can imagine, portrait-style photos are rejected.
  • When taking your passport photo or visa photo, you have to adopt a neutral facial expression. The best way to achieve that is by relaxing the muscles of your face. Do not smile, frown, or raise your brows. That will lead to rejection.
  • Your eyes must be straight into the camera and perfectly visible. They cannot be obstructed of shadowed by anything. If you happen to wear glasses, make sure that the frames do not cover your eyes in any way and that the photo does not contain any glare. Sunglasses and tinted lenses have no business being in a passport photo or a visa photo.
  • When choosing a spot for your passport photo or visa photo, make sure that the source of light comes from in front of you. That ensures no shadows on your face. The intensity of the light must not be too high or too low.
  • Headwear is acceptable only when your religious beliefs do not allow you to keep your head uncovered. Nevertheless, remember that your face must be visible from the bottom of your chin to the top of your forehead and from ear to ear. Make sure that the headwear does not create shadows on your face, either.
  • If your everyday likeness includes a beard, you are allowed to keep it for the passport photo or visa photo.

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

Children, no matter their age, must hold their own passport and visa. You need to take their picture too. The tips below should help you with that.

  • The only difference between an adult’s and a child’s passport/visa photo is that the head of the child can occupy less surface area of the picture. After all, children’s heads are smaller.
  • Make sure that the child is awake for the photoshoot.
  • If the baby has a hat and/or pacifier, you need to remove them.
  • Only the child can appear in the picture.
  • Photographing your child in a car seat means that you have to cover the backrest with a white layer.
  • Taking a picture from above while the child is lying on his/her back means that you need to place a white sheet or blanket underneath.


Have you ever used a professional photo studio to acquire your passport photos or visa photos? If not, we can tell you (and other people can confirm) that they charge quite a bit for a set of passport photos/visa photos. However, for a Costa Rican passport, you need 2 pictures, and iVisa Photos can get them for you at the incredible price of only $5.99. That is approximately 3,418 CRC, depending on the currency conversion rate.

How to get Costa Rica Passport Photos or Costa Rica Visa Photos Online

Taking your passport photo or visa photo at home is far more convenient than going to a photo studio. All you need is a phone or a tablet with a decent camera. iVisa Photos will guide you every step of the way.

First, you have to take your picture, but please do not forget to follow all the guidelines we mentioned above. You can take as many photos as you want until you have one that you love. Once that happens, you have to submit it, and iVisa Photos will process it. Rest assured that our services are 100% government compliant. Once the photograph is processed, you can either download it to print it yourself at home, or you can give us your address, and we will have the set delivered to your home. It is as simple as that.

Do you have any questions concerning iVisa Photos? Then you should contact our customer support service. They will happily give you all the answers.


Let's stay in touch!

Join our newsletter to receive the best traveling tips

© 2014-2023 All rights reserved. iVisa and iVisa logo are registered trademarks of

English - en |