High Commission,



·      The photographs should be taken in colour with a matte/dull finish, against a plain background.

o   Applicants of light complexion should avoid wearing white clothing and should have the photographs taken against a pastel shaded background.

o   Applicants of dark completion should wear coloured clothing and photographs should be taken against a white background.

o   Applicants with grey/white hair should have photographs taken against a pale blue or grey background.


·      There should be no reflection from eyeglasses and no background shadows.  Excessive light reflection on image is unacceptable.  Light distribution should be even throughout photograph.


·      Photographs should provide a full frontal view of head, neck and top of the shoulders with ears, as much as possible, clearly visible.  Photographs should display appropriately clad images; exposed shoulders and chest are to be avoided.


·      The applicant should wear no head covering while taking the photograph, except for, applicants who must wear headgear for religious reasons in which case they must indicate their religion at Section H.


·      The size of the face should be 25mm to 35mm, from the chin to the forehead.


·       When the photograph is cut to a size of about 35mm, there should be a margin of 3mm to 4mm between the head and the edge of the photograph.


·      Photographs submitted with an application become the property of the Government of Jamaica.     

Passport Photograph Specifications