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France Schengen Visa and passport photo requirements and size
Photo of Jan Koelle Jan Koelle
2 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Embarking on an adventure to France? Whether you're drawn to the romantic streets of Paris, the sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera, or the historical depths of Normandy, your journey begins with the essentials: a valid passport and, if required, a France Schengen Visa. To get a visa, you must submit a passport photo.

At iVisa, we simplify the complexities of travel documentation, ensuring your focus remains on the excitement of your upcoming travels.

Capture the perfect shot: French passport and visa photo requirements

Make sure to adhere to the following French photo criteria for your Schengen Visa application:

  • Size: Ensure your photos measure 45mm x 35mm, the standard for France.
  • Color: Vibrant, unedited, color photos only.
  • Pose: Face the camera directly with a neutral expression. Your face should measure between 30 mm and 36 mm from chin to crown.
  • Timeliness: Snap your photo within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance.
  • Backdrop: Choose a light gray or light blue background for a clean, distraction-free photo.
  • Expression: Keep it neutral.
  • Visibility: Your eyes should be open, clear, and glasses-free for the shot.
  • Headgear: Reserved for religious purposes only, and always ensure your face is fully visible.
  • Dress code: Wear something that contrasts with the background. Avoid uniforms or clothes that blend into the backdrop.
  • Facial hair: Present yourself as you are, beard or no beard.
  • Quantity: Two photos are required for your application.

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France photo requirements: In-depth insights

Beyond the basics, your photos must adhere to stringent quality standards:

  • Print quality: High-resolution images printed on glossy paper, capturing every detail.
  • Head size: Your head should occupy 70-80% of the photo, a critical measure for acceptance.
  • Lighting: Balanced lighting is essential, avoiding shadows or overexposure for a clear, accurate representation.
  • Focus: Sharpness is key. Any blurring could lead to rejection.

France photo considerations for children

When it comes to infants and children, the same attention to detail applies, with slight adjustments for their unique needs:

  • Sizing: For young ones, the head measurement adjusts slightly to accommodate their proportions.
  • Positioning: Ensure their eyes are open, facing forward, and that no external objects such as toys or dummies, are in the frame.
  • Photo taking: If you're holding the baby, make sure your hands are not visible in the photo. It's also possible to use a white sheet in a car seat, taking the photo from above.

Prepare for your trip to France with iVisa

Embark on your French adventure with confidence, knowing you’re fully prepared with the essentials. At iVisa, we’re here to streamline your travel preparation, from visa applications to passport renewals. Apply now for your France Schengen Visa!

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