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Malaysia Passport / Visa Photo Requirements and Size
iVisa | 3 min read | Updated on Mar 01, 2024

If you’re applying for a new Malaysian passport, you’ll know how tricky it can be to get the right Malaysia Passport / Visa Photo Requirements and Size. A passport-size photo is essential if your passport has expired or you need a visa to enter your destination.

Malaysia Passport / Visa Photo Requirements and Size

  • Size: 35mm width x 50 mm height.
  • Color: Must be in color. Black and white photos will not be accepted, nor any filters.
  • Head size and position: The head should measure 25mm x 30 mm and face the camera.
  • Recency: No older than six months.
  • Background: White only. No colors, prints, or patterns. *Smile: No smiling. The mouth must be closed.
  • Eyes: Must be completely visible.
  • Glasses: Only if prescription and the eyes can still be seen.
  • Headgear: Religious purposes only.
  • Dimensions and size (pixels): None specified.
  • Clothing: Dark clothing that contrasts the background.
  • Beard: Optional.
  • Quantity needed in application: 2 per applicant.

Malaysia Passport Photo Size Requirements Guide

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Malaysian Passport Photo and Visa Photo Requirements, Rules, Guidelines, and specifications

While Passport and Visa Photo Requirements for Malaysia are very similar to ID photo requirements, there are a few additional tips that we consider essential:

  • The size of the picture is very specific. It must be the exact size above, or it may not be accepted.

  • Your head should fill 50-60% of the entire picture, allowing for a 10 mm margin between the top of your head and the edge of the photo. The same goes for the bottom edge and your chin.

  • The image must reflect your natural skin tone to identify you correctly.

  • You do not need to shave for the photo if you usually have a beard. Long hair should be kept away from the face.

  • Dark clothing is required to contrast your shoulders and head with a plain white background. * Avoid military or law enforcement uniforms for security reasons.

  • A hijab may be worn only if it doesn’t cover the face. Other headwear, such as hats, hairpieces, and jewelry, are not permitted.

  • Eyes must be directed toward the camera and visible. Glasses are ok as long as they do not block the eyes. Thick rims, glare, or tinted lenses (including sunglasses) are unacceptable.

  • It's best to keep your mouth closed and always maintain a neutral expression.

  • Make sure the image is in focus and not blurred.

  • Double-check your lighting. An overexposed or underexposed picture will not be accepted. Also, if a flash is used, ensure the background doesn’t reflect the light.

  • Do not alter the image, like removing scars or freckles.

  • Avoid photos with red-eye.

  • Print the digital copy of your photo on high-quality photo paper.

Passport and Visa photo requirements for babies, infants, and newborns

If you plan to take children on a family trip, remember that each child will need an individual Malaysian passport or visa. This includes separate photos for each child. Group or family pictures will not be accepted. The above rules and regulations also apply to children, but here are a few extra tips when taking photos of kids:

  • No objects such as bottles, toys, car seats, or pacifiers should be visible in the photo. If you hold your child while the picture is taken, your hands must be hidden.

  • Hang up a plain white sheet to camouflage the background.

  • The infant must have their eyes open, mouth closed, and should be facing the camera.

  • The child’s head should fill 50-60% of the photograph. The top of the infant’s shoulders must be visible in the photo.

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