Kiwi Access Card

Photo Requirements

Technical photo requirements

  • Your photo needs to be taken within the last 6 months.
  • The photo must be in focus, with no red-eye or reflected light on the face.
  • The background must be plain and light, and with no shadows.
  • It must be a full front view of your face and shoulders.
    Your head must be centred with a clear gap around the sides and top of the head.
    It helps if you can show part of the shoulders or the upper chest.
  • You cannot wear sunglasses or headwear (except for religious or medical reasons).
    If you are wearing headwear in your picture for religious or medical reasons, you must provide details in your application.
  • Scanned photos are not acceptable
  • Your photo must be printed on photo quality paper
  • A portrait photo with a 4:3 aspect ratio
  • 35mm x 45mm in dimension
  • No selfies

Photo requirements

  • No background shadow or uneven lighting on the faceStand slightly away from the background.
    Ensure that the light source is balanced, natural lighting is best.
  • True likenessThe image must be a true likeness and not be altered or distorted in any way.
    Have someone else take the photo, and ensure the camera is:
    1.5m back from the face
    At eye level
    If the camera is too close to the face, the nose and forehead may appear larger and the ears less visible.
  • Gap around the headYour head must be centred with a clear gap around the sides and top of the head.
    It helps if you can show part of the shoulders or the upper chest.
    Strong contrast between the image and the background
    Use a plain, light coloured background that is not white and does not contain objects or other people.
  • Face in full viewFace front on to the camera.
    Hair should be off the eyes and sides of the face.
  • Eyes are clearly visibleYou can wear glasses in your photo.
    They cannot be sunglasses, tinted or thick-framed.
    There can be no glare or flash reflection on the lenses.
    There must be a clear gap between your eyes and the frames.
  • Neutral expressionHave a neutral expression with the mouth closed.
  • No hats, hoods, headbands or headscarvesNo head covering or headband should be worn in the photo, unless you must wear either for religious or medical reasons.
    In this case you will need an endorsement in your passport.
  • SelfiesNo selfies as it can distort the face

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