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The Central African Republic Passport/Visa Photo Requirements and Size
4 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Are you trying to get a Central African Republic passport? Then you should know that there are a few requirements you need to handle first. One of them concerns the photos you must submit along with the rest of the documentation.

Photo specs

  • Required photo size: 4.5 cm in height and 3.5 cm in width
  • The photo you submit must be in color
  • Head size and position: keep your head straight to the camera
  • Recency: must be taken within the last 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

The Central African Republic Passport Photo Size Requirements Guide

the central african republic passport photo requirement and size

Central African Republic Passport Photos and Visa Photo Requirements – Rules, Guidelines, and Specifications

We already listed the Central African Republic passport photo requirements above, but just in case you find some of them unclear or you need more info, we will elaborate on some of them so there is no confusion. You should know that an improper set of pictures is a common reason for application rejection, and we want to do our best for you to avoid that.

  • The background must always be light-colored or white, although we recommend a white one because it will ensure proper compliance. Choose a white wall in your house that has no patterns on it. If you do not have one, a white sheet on a wall will do just fine. Keep in mind that shadows should also not appear in the picture.
  • Your head must be square to the camera. Position the camera at your eye level for maximum exposure. Both sides of your face must appear equally in the photo. You are not allowed to tilt or rotate your head, and portrait-style photos will be rejected.
  • You cannot make any facial expressions in your Central African Republic passport photo or visa photo. You cannot smile, frown, raise or eyebrows, or make any other facial expression. When taking the passport photo, relax your face to achieve the best result.
  • When taking the passport photo, please direct your eyes into the camera. They are not supposed to be half-open. Also, if you happen to wear glasses, make sure that the frames do not cover your eyes in any way. If the frames are too large, take the glasses off. Sunglasses and glasses with tinted lenses are prohibited. Make sure that the picture you take does not have glare from the lenses.
  • The lighting in the room you decide to take the passport photo in must not be too bright or too dark. Make sure that the source is in front of you so that there are no shadows on your face.
  • Headwear is usually prohibited in a passport photo unless your religion does not allow you to keep your head uncovered. However, even then, you must ensure that your face is visible from the bottom of your chin to the top of your forehead and from ear to ear.
  • If your everyday look includes a beard and you do not plan on making any changes regarding your beard, you can keep it for your passport photo and visa photo.

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

Children need to have their own passports and visas these days, meaning that they too need a passport photo and a visa photo. While there are not many particularities when it comes to a child’s passport photo, it is accepted that the child’s head can appear smaller in the picture. Even so, you should be careful when taking the picture, and the tips below should be of help.

  • Make sure that you take the passport photo of the child when he/she is awake.
  • If the baby has a pacifier or headwear, make sure to remove them before taking the picture.
  • Photographing your child in a car seat means that you have to place a white sheet on the backrest of the chair.
  • If you plan on taking the passport photo from above while the child lies on his/her back, you need to put a white sheet/blanket underneath him/her.
  • Only the child can appear in the photo.


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