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Take or upload a photo
First, snap a photo or upload one from your device. Our photo editing tool will help you frame the picture correctly.
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Next, AI fine-tunes your photo by adapting the background to meet all requirements. It also crops and resizes the image.
Let our experts verify the pictures
Finally, one of our experts carefully verifies the picture against official requirements. You get the feedback in under a minute.
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Tips for taking your own biometric photos
Follow these steps to get the best results
Mind the distance
Pose 4–6 feet (1–2 meters) from the camera. Use a timer to take your photo or have someone snap it for you.
Face the camera directly
Keep your head straight. Avoid tilting your body or looking away. Remember: portrait mode is not suitable for any ID photos.
Ensure good lighting
Take your photos in daylight e.g., next to a bright window. Shadows on your face or in the background are not allowed.
Chinese visa photo in a nutshell
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What are the photo requirements for a Chinese visa?
According to the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the US, your photograph for a Chinese visa must:
- Reflect your current appearance—it cannot be older than 6 months
- Measure 33x48 mm (about 1.3x1.9 in)
- Have a plain white or off-white background
- Have the applicant’s head occupy between 28–33 mm of the picture’s height and 15–22 mm of the picture’s width
- Have the applicant face the camera directly with ears visible, eyes open, and mouth closed
While applying for a Chinese visa online, you must upload a digital image that follows detailed requirements. To make sure your electronic visa photograph gets accepted, it must:
- Measure between 354–420 pixels in width and 472–560 pixels in height
- Have the JPEG file format
- Fit into 40–120 KB file size
- Reflect the colors in RGB 24bit true color space
Find a good spot in front of the camera. Ensure that you keep a neutral facial expression, head centered, and that there is at least a 60px distance between your eyes.
Both types of these photographs must follow the same specifications regarding dress code, glasses, and photo quality.
What is the China visa photo size in inches?
The official regulation on Chinese visa photo size is stated in millimeters. We can also find information about inches and pixels, which are the following:
Chinese visa photo size in inches
About 1.3x1.9 in
Chinese visa photo in pixels
Between 354–420 and 472–560 px
Can I use a 2x2 photo for a Chinese visa?
Unfortunately, a 2x2 photo cannot be used for a Chinese visa. The correct picture for a Chinese visa is a rectangle with dimensions of 33x48 mm.
In the case of a digital Chinese visa image, the picture’s width and height must be between 354–420 and 472–560 pixels.
How to affix a photo to a Chinese visa application
If you decide to submit a paper application to the nearest Chinese embassy or consulate, it’s enough to paste one photo to your visa application form. You can do it by using either glue or tape.
Alternatively, you can submit an online application for your Chinese visa. Then, you need to upload a proper digital image and send it along with required documents.
Either way, we recommend using our visa photo tool—thanks to our service, you will make sure that your biometric photograph is 100% compliant with the official requirements. Save yourself some rejection anxiety!
Where to take a Chinese visa photo
Chinese visa applicants can take their photos in any photography studio. In some places, like the US, it’s also possible to get a visa picture taken in a local drugstore or a retail store. Photo booths are another option, though they may not be as common as they used to be.
You can also take your Chinese visa photo yourself without worrying about finding a perfect location. Just download our visa photo maker—available on Android and iOS—and create perfect visa photos wherever you are!
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