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Russian Passport photo

Size, Specifications, and Requirements

(For, Russian Visa, click here)

OnlinePassportPhotos is pleased to announce an extension of our revolutionary online Passport Photo services for Russian Passport photos. It is difficult to get non-standard-size passport photos taken in the USA. Unless you specifically ask for it, most stores will print 2x2 inch US Passport photos for you. However, with Online Passport photos, you can easily order passport photos for Russian Passport, 8 Passport Photos for $8.95, delivered directly to your home. Note: You can also get them usually within 24 hours by either selecting an option to pick at your local Walgreens store or by asking us to e-mail passport photos in a 4x6 print format that you can take to any photo lab or store and get printed yourself.

Russian Passport Photos have two different specifications

If you are of Russian origin, please help us help other folks from your country. Let us know the correct format for Russian passport photos by clicking on this link. Please tell us if Specs #1 or Specs #2 mentioned below is accurate.
One customer Sergei G has mentioned that the following (Specs #1) are used for Internal Russian Passports and Specs#2 are used for External Russian passports so while ordering, you can mention Internal or External Passport in Special Instructions.

Specs #1) Some of the resources on the Internet list the following requirements for Russian Passport photos. They are similar to the Passport photo specifications for the European Union but a bit different. Russian Passport photos require a 5 mm space between the top of the head and the top of the photo.

  • Photos should be 3.5cms X 4.5cms
  • The head must occupy around 70-75% of the total photo
  • There should be around 5mm from the top of the photo to the top of the head

Russian passport photo specs size

Specs #2: Some customers of Russian origin provided us following photo specs. (Please see this attached PDF for details specs). Many customers specifically ask us for these specs so we are by default going to use these specs (specs #2).

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The picture size must be 35 mm x 45 mm (1 3/8" x 1 3/4").

  • The size of the head, from chin to crown, must be between 25 mm and 30 mm.
  • The size of the face must not be less than 20 mm
  • The distance from the chin to the photograph bottom line must not be less than 15 mm (3/5")
  • The face must be square to the camera with a neutral expression The photographs must show the full front view of the head, which must be close to the top of the frame. The top of the shoulders must be seen in the photo.

IMPORTANT: So unless specifically requested to us by clicking on this form which specs to use, we will use Specs#2 above.

Customer feedback: Russian Passport Photos

From: Nadya
Sent: Monday, Feb 28, 2023 9:09 AM
To: Passport Photos
This company is terrific to work with! I highly recommend it! I needed 3.5 x 4.5 cm passport photos and quickly learned that most photo places in the US are not able to produce this size photos with adherence to all passport photo guidelines. I turned to the web and came across OnlinePassportphoto.com. It seemed too good to be true - take photos at home, upload or e-mail to the company, pay online, and get 8 passport photos in 4x6 pic format that can be saved to the flash drive and printed at any photo printing location. I decided to take a chance and had a wonderful experience. First, I had a question on timing as I needed photos in 12 vs. promised 24 hrs. I e-mailed and got an immediate response telling me that I will be able to get photos in 12 hrs. I followed the instructions, submitted the photos, and in less than 12 hrs had perfect passport photos that I printed it at CVS. I couldn't believe how easy it was! Not only did I get everything I needed, but the responsiveness and commitment to promised results were also great! And it is so affordable!
thank you very much. We got pictures yesterday from Walgreens. They look great.
I will recommend you to my friends and will come back soon for more pictures.
Have a great day.
Thanks again.
May 13, 2021.

Russian Visa Photos

We are not able to find authentic detailed Russian Visa photo specifications so your best bet is to refer to your paperwork or visa instructions, or contact the consulate you are applying to and ask for the size.

Based on our experience, most foreign consulates in the USA (including Indian consulates in the USA, China consulates in the USA, Mexico consulates , etc) accept 2x2 inch photos for visitors. Most probably your consulate may be accepting 2x2 inch photos too.
Some Russian Consulates in the USA have asked for 35x45mm sized photos. The best specs for 35x45mm we found are from Consulate General of the Russian Federation in New York: http://www.ruscon.org/visa_dep_ENG.html

Russian Visa Photo Specifications (when they ask for 35x45mm photos)
General Information

  • The photograph must be a full-face view in which the visa applicant is facing the camera directly, with eyes open
  • The photograph must have been taken within the last six months

Photo Size

  • The photo for each visa applicant submitted must measure:
  • 35 mm X 45 mm (1 3/8" X 1 3/4") with the head centered in the frame.

Photo Appearance

  • The applicant should not look down or to either side and the face should cover about 50 percent of the photo area.
  • Side or angled views are NOT accepted.
  • Lighting should be such that there are no distracting shadows on the face or background
  • The photos must be clear, well-defined, and taken against a plain white or light-colored background
  • In general, the applicant's head, including both face and hair, should be shown from the crown of the head to the tip of the chin on top and bottom and from the hairline side-to-side.
  • Sunglasses or other wear which detracts from the face are not acceptable unless required for medical reasons (an eye patch, for example).
  • Group photos are NOT acceptable. As a separate visa is issued to each qualified applicant, a photo of each applicant is required
  • Your face must be square to the camera with a neutral expression, neither frowning nor smiling and with your mouth closed
  • Photocopied photographs are NOT accepted.

Attaching the Photo

  • Glue one photograph to the application in the designated space (a double-sided adhesive tape could be used). Do not staple photographs.
  • Do not enclose photographs in glassine or other types of envelopes.

    We cannot read Russian language. If you can download the PDF here and send us detailed specs in English from pages 5-6, we would greatly appreciate it. Also, this will help prospective visitors who want to visit Russia.
    Decoding the math equations looks like they want -
    * overall photo in 35x45mm in size
    *Eye/ear level from the bottom is between 23mm and 31mm
    * Distance between two ears or width of the face is around 25mm
    * Face can not be bigger than 36mm

Sample Russian Visa Photo

Russian Visa Photo specs

To order Russian Visa Photos, please visit the Payment Page, enter Photo Type as Visa, Size of Photos as 35x45mm or 2x2 inch and Country as Russia. As shown below.
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Click here for detailed instructions about Passport Photo Specs for Russia.

Russian Embassy Federation

Russian Consulate


THE CONSULAR DIVISION OF THE EMBASSY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION IN WASHINGTON, D.C. Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
Russian Consulate in New York
Address: 9 East 91 Street, New York, NY 10128
Telephone: (212) 348-0926 Fax: (212) 831-9162
Office hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Open to public: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Closed for United States and Russian holidays
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Russian Consulate in San-Francisco
2790 Green Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
Telephone: (415) 928-6878, (415) 202-9800 Fax: (415) 929-0306
Office hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Open to the public: Visa Desk: Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Passport and Legal Desk: Monday - Friday 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed for USA and Russian Federation holidays
Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Utah.
THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION IN SEATTLE Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION IN HOUSTON Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.