Different countries require different sizes for passport photos. There is no international standard, but some sizes are more commonly used than others. Avid hikers and outdoors enthusiasts planning frequent travel outside the United States for their adventures will need to provide a photo for a passport.
Australia, New Zealand, the European Union and the United Kingdom
Citizens of all these nations need photos that are 3.5 cm in width by 4.5 cm in height. The face, from the top of the skull to the bottom of the chin, should take up most of the height. If the photo is slightly larger, do not cut it.
The United States
The standard size for passport photos in the United States is 2 inches by 2 inches. At least 1 inch of the length must be a frontal view of the face.
Passport photos for Canadian citizens must be 2 inches in width and 2 ¾ inches in length (5 cm by 7 cm).
Citizens of India use photos that are slightly smaller than the standard European size. They must be 3.5 cm by 3.5 cm.
Passport Photo Tips
Usually, if you are living in your home country, you can easily get photos taken in the national standard size. If you are living abroad, contact your country's nearest embassy or consulate to find out where to get photos taken in the correct size.
Article Written By Heather Carreiro
Heather Carreiro is a certified English teacher who has been writing since 2008. The editor of Matador Abroad, her work has appeared online at BootsnAll, Matador Network, GoNOMAD, Journey Beyond Travel and Expat Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a Master of Arts in English at Bridgewater State University.