In this article, we’ll compare passport photo background regulations across different nations.

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The world has changed a lot since COVID-19. Earlier we were accustomed to hearing from our friends and neighbors about the best photo booths in our locality to take photos for passports, visas and other occasions. But with the post-pandemic changing world, people are looking for convenient ways to generate passport-compliant photos from the comfort of their homes. In this article, we’ll compare passport photo background regulations across different nations.



Accepted Background (Dos & Don’ts)


Glasses & Face Masks


Plain white or off-white background.


Traditional face masks or veils that don't permit adequate identification are not allowed.


Plain light-coloured background.


Glasses are permitted; but not advised.


Sunglasses, tinted glasses are strongly not permitted.


Subject’s eyes must be clearly visible and not covered by frames or glare, shadow or reflection.


White or light-coloured background.


Background color must contrast to the skin and hair color.


Prescribed glasses are allowed. However, the eyes must be clearly visible.


There must not be reflections or glare.


Tinted eyeglasses and sunglasses are not allowed.


Solid plain white or grey. Background must give depth to the face.

Casual or business attire.

Glares are not allowed.


Glasses must not cover too much of the subject’s face.


Solid white.


Backgrounds with colors or patterns are not accepted.


Glasses are permitted but not encouraged.


Glasses that are thick or create a glare are not allowed.


Sunglasses or glasses with tinted lenses are not allowed.


Background must be a single color (preferably neutral grey) and bright. It must be a contrasting color to the hair and skin color of the face.


Backgrounds with pattern and shadow are not accepted.


For people with light-colored hair, a medium grey background is recommended.


For people with dark hair, a light-grey background is recommended.


Photos with flash reflections are not allowed.


Sunglasses or tinted lenses are not allowed.


Eyes must be clearly visible in the photo.


Background must be light & neutral.


Light grey is the officially recommended background color.


Background must be monochromatic & flat.


Background must be in contrast to the subject's skin and hair color.


Backgrounds with shadows, excessive lighting on one side of the photo are not accepted.


Backgrounds with overexposed forehead are also not permitted.

Subjects are recommended to wear clothes that stand out clearly from the photo background.

Photos with the face covered with hair or accessories are not allowed.


Subject’s eyes must be clearly seen.


Glasses with thick frames are not permitted as they cause difficulty in identifying the natural facial structure of the face.


Background must be light gray or light blue.


Background must not have any patterns.


It is recommended to take off the glasses before taking a photo.


Reading glasses, prescription glasses are also advised to be removed.


Background must be light colored and plain.


No patterns or prints are accepted in the background.

Subjects are recommended to wear dark colored attire to avoid blending with the background.

Glasses with thin frames are permitted.


Tinted lenses are not allowed.


Background must be a light color, preferably light grey or white.


Wearing glasses is not advised. However, if the subject must wear glasses, there must not be any glare in the photo.


Background must be white.


Glasses are not permitted.


Background must be white.


Daily-wearing glasses are permitted.


Sunglasses and dark glasses are not permitted.


Plain background.


Sunglasses are not permitted.


The photo background must be evenly lit.


Glasses are not permitted.


Headgear is not permitted except in the case of illness.


Light grey.


Photo backgrounds with patterns are not allowed.

Avoid attire that matches with the color of the subject's photo background.

Dark optical glasses, sunglasses, and optical glasses with frames covering the subject's eyes are prohibited.


Backgrounds with white, light grey and light blue colors are allowed.


Backgrounds must be plain with a single color and without patterns.


Shadows are not allowed.


The background color must contrast with the color of the subject's skin.


Glasses are allowed, however, eyes must be clearly visible.


If the subject is wearing glasses, they must be fully transparent.


No reflection or shadows from the glasses.


Plain, light grey, uniform or cream background. 5-10% grey color is recommended.


Photos with shadows are not accepted.


Photos must be taken with uniform lighting and without flash reflections on the face or head.


Glasses are not permitted for both healthy individuals as well as visually impaired.


Dark, tinted or mirrored glasses are not permitted.


Background color must be white without any spots, patterns or shadows.


Glasses are permitted as long they don’t cover the eyes and the face is clearly visible.

New Zealand

Plain, light-colored background.


White background is not allowed.


No patterns or objects allowed on the background.


Prescription glasses are allowed. Eyes must be clearly shown through lenses with no reflected light.


Wearing sunglasses and hats in the photo are not allowed


How to Automatically Crop your Photos & Remove Backgrounds?

Now that you’re aware about the passport photo background and other vital information, let us figure out how to crop your photo and remove the background.


Thankfully, you don’t need to be an expert in Photoshop or any other image manipulation tools. An AI-based tool called PhotoforID does this job automatically based on regulations in your selected country.


  1. Go to, a privacy-friendly website that delivers  compliance-ready photos.
  2. Click on Browse and select your best photo.
  3. Select your host country. PhotoforID currently supports the USA, UK, Canada, France and Australia.
  4. In the Photo Type drop-down box, select the Passport photo option.
  5. Click on the Submit Photo button.
  6. Your passport-compliance ready photo will now be ready for download.


That’s it, it's that simple!


PhotoforID Works in 3 Steps

  1. PhotoforID will perform image quality checks using Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based algorithms. Your photo will go through multiple quality checks in order to determine whether it passes color, picture angle, distance tests.
  2. PhotoforID will automatically crop your photo and perform picture-frame, face-frame aspects adjustments.
  3. Last but not the least, PhotoforID will remove your photo background and resize the photo (as required in the selected country).