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

Traveling outside of Uganda most definitely means that you have to get a passport first. Obtaining a Uganda passport should not be a challenge, although it can take some time. You must meet a few requirements and go to the issuing authority to fill in and submit an application.

Photo specs

  • Required photo size: 2 by 2 inches
  • The submitted photos must be in color
  • Head position: straight
  • Recency: taken no more than 6 months ago
  • Background: white
  • Smile: no
  • Eyes: must be clearly visible
  • Blurred pictures will be rejected
  • Glasses: acceptable only if they do not obscure the eyes and there is no glare in the photo
  • Headwear: not allowed. Exceptions are made for religious/cultural purposes
  • Resolution (pixels): at least 600 dpi
  • Dress code: the colors of your clothes must be in contrast with the background. Do not wear white tops
  • Beard: permitted if it represents your everyday appearance
  • Number of photos necessary: 2

Uganda Passport Photo Size Requirements Guide

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

Taking your passport photo or visa photo is not like taking a selfie. There are a few rules and guidelines you have to follow. Below, you are going to find all the information you need in order to take a valid picture.

  • The background of your passport photo or visa photo cannot have colors, patterns, or shadows. It has to be plain white. You can use a white wall as a prop, and if you do not have one, a white sheet will do. Just hang it on a wall, and you are good to go.
  • When selecting the right environment in which to take your passport photo or visa photo, you have to make sure that the lighting is adequate. It cannot be too dark, but overexposure is not acceptable either. Also, the light must come from in front of you so that there are no shadows on your face in the photo.
  • You must keep your head straight and your face forward when you take the picture. Your face has to be perpendicular to the camera. If you rotate your head, your photo will be rejected. Portrait-style photos are not accepted.
  • You are not supposed to appear in your passport photo or visa photo with a smile on your face. You can only display a neutral facial expression.
  • It is not acceptable for your eyes to be obstructed by things like your glasses or your hair. If you wear prescription glasses, it is best if you take them off. As you can imagine, sunglasses are not allowed either.
  • Headwear is accepted for religious or cultural purposes. However, there are two rules you have to follow if you keep your head covered. One, your face has to be visible from the top of your forehead to the bottom of your chin. And two, your headwear must not create shadows on your face.
  • As long as your beard is a part of your everyday appearance, you are not required to shave it before you take your passport photo or visa photo. However, if you plan on making any changes to your facial hair, do that before you take your picture. The whole point is for your photo to depict your current look.

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

Since children cannot travel without individual travel documents, you must apply for passports and visas for them too. With iVisa Photos, you can take their pictures also. Here are a few tips to help you out:

  • Do not photograph your children when they are asleep. Their eyes must be visible too.
  • For comfort reasons, some people place their kids in car seats to take the photo. You can do the same if you wish. Just remember to cover the backrest of the chair with a white sheet so that the background of the picture is white.
  • You can put your baby on his/her back to take the picture from above. When doing so, remember to put a white layer underneath the baby to achieve a white background.
  • You cannot appear in your child’s passport photo or visa photo. If you want to hold the baby during the photo session, you must conceal every single part of you. Even your hands.
  • The baby cannot appear in his/her passport photo or visa photo with headwear and/or a pacifier.


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