The Netherlands have photo requirements that differ from those required by the Belgium authorities. Each time I have to renew a passport it is always a big gamble to get proper pictures. On many occasions I had to reschedule because the pictures made by a Belgian professional photographer was considered inappropriate. Apparently the Dutch instructions aren't detailed enough for a foreign photographer to make good pictures.

Currently I simply drive to the Netherlands to make those pictures there, but that is not really convenient, and I can imagine that Dutch citizens abroad are facing similar problems.

Are there standardised instructions on international passport pictures or a listing of foreign photographers, that can result in proper foreign (e.g. Dutch) passport pictures?

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    I was faced with a similar problem recently and I found a small local independent photographer who was happy to match the specifications for passport photos published by other countries. He had a binder full of foreign specs that he had collected. I didn't need any Dutch passport pictures, though. Nov 17, 2014 at 22:26
  • canada.nlembassy.org/binaries/content/assets/postenweb/v/… - here are the same specifications in english. IMHO they are detailed enough.
    – Dirty-flow
    Nov 18, 2014 at 9:26

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The Dutch consulate general in New York recommends a nearby photographer. When the consulate moved a year or two ago, they started recommending a different photographer who was nearby the new location.

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