Requirements and Sizes of Kenya Passport and eTA Photo

The Kenyan passport and eTA photo requirements specify the necessary size and format for photographs submitted with passport and Kenya eTA applications. These guidelines are crucial to ensure consistency and accuracy in identification processes. Meeting these requirements is essential for the successful processing of passports and eTA applications in Kenya.

Table Comparison of eTA and Passport Photo Requirements



Passport Photo


1.38x1.77 inches or 35x45 mm

1.38x1.77 inches or 35x45 mm








Can be worn if they are not reflective

Can be worn if they are not reflective


Can be worn if it is religious or cultural

Cannot be worn


Must be visible

Must be visible


Must be visible

Must be visible

Photo taken within the last 6 months



Minors Photo requirements

Capturing photos of babies and infants can be a bit challenging. When dealing with a child's documentation, it's essential to ensure they have their proper photos taken. To simplify this potentially intricate process, government guidelines have been established:

  • The baby's eyes must be open and distinctly visible in the photo.
  • The backdrop should be white. If the photo is taken in a car seat or against any other background, utilise a white cloth or sheet to cover the background. The photo should not show any other objects in the frame.
  • It's advisable to take several photos to provide multiple options. This ensures that the final photo adheres to the specific regulations and requirements outlined for standard photographs.
  • The optimal timing for taking the photo is after the baby has had a sufficient nap. This helps ensure that their eyes are open and clearly visible in the photo.

Getting a Passport and eTA photograph Online

Getting a passport and eTA photograph online involves these steps:

  • Find a reputable online passport and eTA photo service: Look for websites or apps that specialise in providing passport and eTA photos meeting specific country requirements.
  • Upload your photo: Use the website's photo upload tool to submit your picture. Ensure it meets the specified size, background, and appearance guidelines.
  • Crop and adjust: The online service will guide you in cropping the photo to the required dimensions and making any necessary adjustments.
  • Verify compliance: The service should verify that the photo meets the passport and eTA photo requirements of the country you are applying to.
  • Download the photo: Once the photo is approved, download the digital copy to your device.
  • Print the photo: Use photo paper or visit a local photo printing service to print the image. Ensure it matches the required dimensions.
  • Use the photo for application: Submit the printed photo along with your passport or eTA application as per the respective country's guidelines.

Always verify that the online service is reliable and follows the specific requirements of the country you are applying to. Double-check the photo's compliance before using it for your application to avoid any issues during the application process.

Can I Upload my Photo Directly on the Kenya eTA Portal?

Yes, there is a provision for uploading your photograph (latest) on the Kenya eTA portal directly. During the Kenya eTA application process, there comes a stage when you have to upload your latest photograph or selfie. If you do not have your latest photograph handy then uploading or clicking a selfie with the help of your device on the application form page is the best option for you. 

What is the acceptable Size of an eTA Photo?

The acceptable size of an eTA photo typically follows the international standard of 2 inches by 2 inches (51mm x 51mm). Always refer to the official website of the country's embassy or consulate where you plan to apply for the eTA to ensure you meet the correct photo size specifications.

Specific guidelines for the applicant's appearance in the passport and eTA photo

  • Maintain a neutral facial expression with both eyes open and facing the camera. 
  • Avoid head coverings that obscure facial features. 
  • Glasses may be allowed, ensuring no glare and clear visibility of the eyes. 
  • Wear normal attire and keep hair away from the face. 
  • The background should be plain white or light-coloured. 
  • Check country-specific requirements for any variations.


The required photo size is 35mm by 45mm.

The photo should be in full colour.

The full face must be visible, with the head straight, centred, and looking straight at the camera.

The background must be white, without any designs or patterns.

A neutral expression is required, with no smile.

Glasses are generally not allowed, except for daily wearing glasses, provided they don't cause glare.

Headgear is not allowed, except for religious purposes.

Two photos are needed, but some types of eTA may require four.

Babies’ eyes must be open and clearly visible, and the background should be white. Multiple photos are recommended to ensure adherence to guidelines.

Obtaining photos online is generally cheaper and faster than offline methods. At, retakes are available at no additional cost if unsatisfied.