Applying for any type of Chinese visa will always require the submission of two copies of a passport-style photo. While some sources may say one photo is enough, based on our experience, it is always better to bring two (or more) just in case!
The photos also must follow four specific requirements:
- 1. Must be recently taken (in the last 6 months)
- 2. Must be colored photos, with a white background.
- 3. The dimensions must be 3.3 cm (wide) by 4.8 cm (high).
- 4. Acceptable head height: 28-33mm / Acceptable head width: 15-22mm
There are also requirements for facial expressions and other features in the photo which are advised to follow. You should have a neutral expression (no smiling), closed lips, ears should be visible, and no heavy makeup or thick-framed glasses. Certain hats and headcovers may be allowed due to religious reasons, but generally should not obscure any facial features. Jewelry such as earrings/piercings, and necklaces should be removed.
Be aware that while the photo may seem like an insignificant detail, visa applications may be subject to rejection if the photos do not meet these requirements.
While some Chinese consulates may have on-site picture-booths and printers, it is strongly advised to have the photos prepared beforehand, as many locations do not offer photo-printing services, and the ones that do, may have occasional problems, or very long lines. Come prepared, preferably with multiple photos, if you are in any doubt about acceptability.