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E Visa Application Tips – How to Upload your Photo

Traveling and exploring new countries is all about having fun and adventure. However, in order to be able to enjoy your trip, some measure of planning and preparing is usually necessary.

When filling out an application for an electronic visa, you are usually required to attach a passport-size photo (often along with some other documents as well) to your application form.

In order to increase the likelihood that your application will, in fact, be approved, it is important to follow the specified guidelines for attaching the photo accurately – any mistake, such as attaching a low quality photo, an old photo, or the wrong file type, can cause your application to be denied, and end up costing you time and money.

To help ensure you get it just right, we’ve created a professional guide, designed to walk you through the process of taking and uploading your e visa application photo quickly, easily, and accurately.

  1. How to Take an e Visa Photo?

You can take your e visa photo in one of 2 ways:

  • Take a normal photo with a digital camera or webcam, or:
  • scan an existing physical photograph of yourself (provided it complies with the specifications listed below)

2. e Visa Photo Requirements

Before you can attach the photo to your application, you first need to make sure that it adheres to the e visa photo requirements. Remember that this photo is part of your evisa and should be taken according to the following specifications:

  • The photo must be in color
  • The photo must be from the past 6 months (so it reflects your current appearance)
  • The photo must be taken in front of a plain white (or off-white) background
  • Your face must be in full view and directly facing the camera
  • Your facial expression should be neutral, with both eyes open
  • Clothing – make sure to wear the same type of clothing in the photo that you do day to day. Avoid wearing  a uniform or religious clothing (except religious clothing that is worn daily).
  • Accessories – do not wear a hat, or any other head covering that can cast a shadow on your face, or obscures your hair or hairline, unless this is a religious garment that you wear daily.
  • Digital Accessories – do not wear headphones, a wireless hands-free devices, or any similar items on or around your face
  • Eyewear – do not wear your eyeglasses or sunglasses in the photo. Eyeglasses are only allowed in the rare circumstances when they cannot be removed for medical reasons (for example if you recently had eye surgery and the eyeglasses are necessary to protect  your eyes), in which case you must provide a medical statement signed by a medical professional/health practitioner.

If your eyeglasses were accepted for medical reasons, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • The frames must not cover the eyes.
  • Make sure there is no glare from the lenses that obscures the eyes.
  • Make sure there are no  shadows or refraction that obscures your eyes.

3. Photo Format Requirements

Once you’ve taken your photo, and made sure it is in compliance with all the photo requirements listed above, you can now move on to preparing the photo file to be attached to your application form.

Once again, in order to avoid having your evisa rejected on a technicality, it is important to make sure that your attachment complies with the following requirements:

  • File format – the file must In JPEG (.jpg or .jpeg), .gif or .pdf format
  • File Weight – 10 – 500 kB (kilobytes)
  • File Size –  400(width) x 600(height) pixels
  • Photo form  – the photo must be vertical ( meaning height must be greater than width)
  • Not Accepted – photos that were digitally scanned from a driver’s license (or similar official document), snapshots, magazine photos, low quality vending machine or mobile phone photos, or full-length photographs.

How to Check and Change your Photo Format?

With your photo open on your computer, right click on the photo, then click “Properties”.  A small window will open containing all the necessary parameters:

Photo size (KB) – appears in the General Tab as shown in the image above

Photo dimensions – appear in the Details Tab, as shown below:

5. How to Upload a Photo to Your E Visa Application

Now that your photo is ready, you can attach it to your application, in order to do so you should:

  1. Go to the Photo Upload section in the 3rd page of the application
  2. Go over the photo upload requirements to make sure your photo complies with all listed guidelines (certain countries may have additional requirements)
  3. Click the Choose FIle button and select the appropriate photo from your computer.
  4. Click the OK button to upload your selected photo to the application
  5. Finally, click ‘Upload’, to attach the photo to your application


Summary –

The complete guide to uploading a proper photo to your online e visa application, designed to help you take and upload the photo correctly, and thus increase the likelihood of your e visa being approved.

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