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We are a Passport photo studio situated in Paddington, London, that can take your South African passport photo or visa photo and print instantly in our store. Recent restrictions have tightened with the South African High Commission no longer allowing photos taken from photo booths. As a result of this change in specifications, kiosk passport photos will immediately be refused at the embassy.

To ensure that fraud is minimised the photographs must meet a biometric criteria for them to be good enough to pass for your visa or passport but rest assured you can still get your South African passport photo and visa photo at Reload Internet, our studio based in London Paddington. We are open from early in the morning until late at night, 7 days a week.

Your photograph will be taken at our studio by our trained staff using the latest camera equipment, lighting and printers to ensure your photograph will meet up to the strict standards required.

Watch our video below to see how quickly we can produce your South African passport photo, or to learn more information regarding the requirements:

We guarantee that the South African passport photo or visa photo you receive from us will pass in your passport or visa application.

If you are not within the vicinity and/or able to make it during the studio opening times you have the option to instead use our online service.

Our online service allows you to send your South African passport photo or visa photo via email which will then be used to format into the right specifications. Once completed this can be either emailed or posted to you depending on preference. You don’t have to open an account or give your credit/debit card details as we accept Paypal, the globally trusted payment platform.

Before placing an online order you have to first make sure that digital applications for your South African visa or passport is acceptable, if not we are still able to provide you with physical copies via post.

South African Passport Photo and Visa Photo Specifications:

  • Size must be 45 mm x 35 mm


South African passport photo


  • You can use colour or black and white prints
  • The background must be white, and there must be no shadows on the applicants face nor the background of the photograph
  • The photograph must only include the applicants head and top of shoulders
  • The measurement from the bottom of the applicants chin to crown should be between 22mm and 25mm
  • Any face or head coverings are strictly forbidden, with exceptions due to religious circumstances
  • You can wear glasses so long as eyes can be seen, however we recommend removing your glasses as both the frame and the lenses can cause issues with the South African passport photo and visa photo guidelines
  • Full front shots only
  • True likeness of the person
  • No defaced pictures including holes or scratches will be accepted by the South African High Commission
  • Booth photographs will not be accepted

You do not have to make an appointment to get your photograph taken with us at Reload Internet in Paddington, and the process takes just a few minutes. Our specifications for South African passport and visa photos are taken directly from the official site found here.

We also provide a service for photographing children and baby’s to ensure their photographs are not going to be rejected.


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