Applying for the right Vietnam visa in time before traveling is one of the most important tasks an international tourist needs to take care of in order to ensure a smooth and hassle-free holiday. Fortunately, the new eVisa program allows tourists to complete their application entirely online in minutes and receive their approved visa via email.
Among the eVisa requirements that you’ll need to comply with in order to obtain a Vietnamese visa online are very precise photo specifications. The passport photo requirements for Vietnamese visas concern:
- The photo’s format and weight
- The photo’s quality and clarity
- The applicant’s facial expression
- Glasses, scarves, and other accessories.
Minors also need to submit photos in order to obtain a for Vietnam. Special photo specifications for children apply.
Visa Photo Specifications for Vietnam: Size, Quality, Color, and Attire
“Passport-sized photos” can have different meanings for citizens of different countries. In order to avoid confusion and ensure that your online visa for Vietnam is not rejected because of your photos, follow the below Vietnam visa photo requirements:
- Size: 4x6cm (2×2 inches).
- Format: JPG, GIF.
- Weight: No more than 2 MB.
- Color: Filters will not be accepted. Black and white is allowed.
- Background: Choose a plain and bright background.
- Lighting: The visa picture should not present forms of glare (like the one caused by a flash) that can make the photo unclear. Lighting should be kept even to avoid shadows.
- Position: Face the camera and relax your shoulders.
- Facial expression: Don’t smile and try to keep a neutral expression and your mouth closed.
- Eyes and glasses: Your eyes should be visible and kept open, looking directly at the camera. This means that glasses are only allowed if they leave your eyes visible. Tinted lenses are not allowed.
- Attire: White clothing should be avoided as it’s likely to blend with the background.
- Scarves and other head accessories: Only scarves and head accessories worn for religious or medical reasons are allowed.
- Hair: Applicants with long haircuts can keep their hair down as long as it doesn’t cover the face.
- Beard: Applicants who normally wear a beard should keep it for the Vietnamese visa photo.
- Recency: The visa photo should be taken no longer than 6 months prior to applying for the Vietnam visa.
Each applicant will need to submit 2 photos. You can give the above instructions to a professional photographer, or reduce the size and weight of your own photo by using a photo editing program.
Vietnam Visa Photo Requirements for Children
If you travel to Vietnam with children, they will need to have their own visa application submitted separately. As part of their application, children will need to have their own visa photos submitted, following the Vietnam visa photo requirements for children:
- Only the child can be in the picture. Parents and siblings should not appear in the photo used to apply for a Vietnam visa for minors.
- Toys, bottles, pacifiers, and other objects should not be included in the picture.
- If possible, the minor should stand or sit up with their eyes open. In the case of newborn babies or toddlers, parents can lay the child on a white sheet to provide a solid background.
- Rules on lighting, photo size, attire, etc. that apply to adults should also be followed for children.
Photo Requirements for the Vietnam Visa on Arrival
Although it can be a longer and more unpredictable process, many tourists decide to apply for a Vietnam visa on arrival upon reaching a Vietnamese point of entry.
In case you opt for a visa on arrival, remember to take two photos with you as you travel, together with your passport and travel documents and enough cash to pay the relevant Vietnam visa application fee. You will need to hand the visa photos to the Vietnamese border control officers and glue them to the entry and exit form.
The same photo requirements apply for both the Vietnam eVisa and visa on arrival. These include size, lighting, head and face position, attire, and accessories, etc.
As you’ll need to provide physical copies of your photos at the Vietnamese border in order to be granted the visa, make sure to print them on glossy photo paper.