Things to note

  • A new photograph must be submitted when applying for a new passport.
  • Your photograph must meet ICA’s requirements (see details below). Failure to meet these requirements can delay your application or result in its rejection.
  • Your photograph must not be altered or enhanced in any way. This includes the modification of facial features and/or the usage of photo editing software.


  • Taken within the last 3 months
  • Clear and in focus, 35mm wide by 45mm high, without any borders
  • In colour taken against a plain white background without shadows
  • Avoid white headgear and plain white clothing (headgear worn in accordance with religious or racial customs is acceptable but must not hide any facial features)
  • Full face with the upper shoulders visible, facing forward with eyes open
  • Hair must not cover the eyebrows or the eyes
  • Even exposure (must not be taken under direct lighting)
  • Spectacle frames must not cover part of the eyes
  • Spectacle lenses must not reflect or glare.

Additional requirements

  • Image format with .jpg, .jpeg or .png file extension
  • 400 by 514 pixels image size
  • No more than 2 MB file size.

Dos and Don'ts

Have an even exposure (must not be taken under direct lighting)images_photoguidelines_light_exposure
Hair must not cover eyebrow or eyesimages_photoguidelines_hair
Spectacle frame should not cover part of the eyes. Lenses should not have reflections/glareimages_photoguidelines_specs
Full face with upper shoulders seen, facing forward with eyes openimages_photoguidelines_fullface
In colour taken against plain white background without shadowsimages_photoguidelines_background
You should face the camera directlyimages_photoguidelines_facecamera

Last Update: 30 Jan 2019