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How many photos to have on hand?

My family is getting visa pictures today (I have the Swiss visa photo requirements in hand). At $10 for two copies of the same photo, I'd like to get as many as we will need but not spend money unnecessarily.

suisseschweizmo was very helpful in another post and said she ended up using about 10 per person. Is that a good guideline? Are the same size & guidelines required for photos for visa, permits, transportation cards, school, etc.?

Is it difficult/more expensive to get them taken in Switzerland? For today, I am trying to figure out the wisdom of spending $40 vs. $200 (2 per person vs. 10 per person).
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Old 20.04.2015, 17:32
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Re: How many photos to have on hand?

Couldn't you use the photos that come from a Photomat? Also, I recall the passport office shooting my photo for me right on the spot.
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Re: How many photos to have on hand?

Not sure what you mean by "photomat," but here in the U.S. where I live, the cheapest options that work are what I quoted. I don't need them for our U.S. passports - and they charge about the same price I mentioned anyway.

To reiterate, my questions are once we arrive in Switzerland, how many visa-type photos will we need and if we need more IN Switzerland, is it difficult/expensive to get them there (rather than stocking up here).
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Old 20.04.2015, 17:41
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Not sure what you mean by "photomat," but here in the U.S. where I live, the cheapest options that work are what I quoted. I don't need them for our U.S. passports - and they charge about the same price I mentioned anyway.

To reiterate, my questions are once we arrive in Switzerland, how many visa-type photos will we need and if we need more IN Switzerland, is it difficult/expensive to get them there (rather than stocking up here).
Oh, I see. I think the local Swiss passport office took my picture on the spot. And the trainstations have photo machines for CHF2-5 that might be used, but I've never used it for a passport. I don't think you'll have any problems taking them here.
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Re: How many photos to have on hand?

It costs around 8chf for 4 identical photos from the automatic photo machines here.

From what I can recall you will need 1 (or maybe2) for your permit, 1 for the travel card and possibly also 1 for the school although we didn't have to provide one of those. You would also need one for your drivers licence but since you have up to one year to exchange that and you're only planning to be here for a year I wouldn't bother with that one.

We certainly didn't need 10, in fact we got four and had spare so I think three is enough personally. We didn't need visas though so you will need extra for those but obviously you need to get those before you come here anyway.
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Re: How many photos to have on hand?

You will need two for the permits and won't see those again...so I would get two "spares" (one of these will most likely be used for a travel pass).

If you need anymore later on you can get them easily from photobooths - they have plenty of them here (at most if not all train stations for example). The rules for non-permit/passport photos aren't so tough, so these ones easily fit the bill.
....your husband will most likely need one for his University ID card.
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Re: How many photos to have on hand?

Every single place that requires a photo has a photo machine in the lobby, i.e. the train stations, the cantonal offices, etc. Even the Migros, (the grocery store), has a photo machine. You pay with coins. It couldn't be any easier.
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Re: How many photos to have on hand?

Well, I must say I am pleasantly surprised that something is actually EASY

Thank you for all your replies! Now I'm dashing off to the bank for a money order...
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Re: How many photos to have on hand?

The photo machines should work well, and they certainly advertise that they will work for various ID purposes. One suggestion would be to look at the photo requirements link on this website to make sure that your pictures will be acceptable. Some of the places that need pictures won't be this strict, but I think that following the guidelines will prevent a picture being rejected. You want to watch out for glasses, hats and toys! Fortunately, they illustrate the issues so you can tell what works and doesn't.
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Re: How many photos to have on hand?

The last time I went to a photo booth I think it cost something like CHF 8.- for 4 photos. Probably they're slightly more expensive now but I'd hazard a guess that they won't come anywhere near charging the equivalent of $5 for a long time yet...

If you ever need professional photos done in passport photo size, I recommend going the expensive route (photographer) once to get the photos burned on a CD, then you can either print them yourself or get copies for around CHF 2.- per copy - IMO much better quality than the photo booth ones. But for now if you only need photos for the visa and if your commune is willing to accept booth photos, have them done there.

The brand name of photo booths here was Prontophot the last time I looked (ask for that name if people don't know what you're talking about immediately when searching for them) - and as others have said you will find them in public places like airports, large train stations, perhaps large shopping centers etc.

Here's the complete list of locations of photo booths in CH:
http://prontophot.ovalcube.co/automaten-standorte/

Fribourg currently has five booths.
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Re: How many photos to have on hand?

I print them at home or on those self service photo printing machines. I've never had anyone say they were not OK.
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Re: How many photos to have on hand?

http://www.epassportphoto.com/ works a treat for me. I download the file and get them printed at a self-service machine. Works out at about 10 rappen per picture.
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Re: How many photos to have on hand?

PS - Don't bother bringing tons of U.S.-sized passport photos. I seem to recall from my own experience that they weren't the right size for here anyway so I had to redo them here in one of the photo booths. Some train stations even have the booths, which is really handy!
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Re: How many photos to have on hand?

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The photo machines should work well, and they certainly advertise that they will work for various ID purposes. One suggestion would be to look at the photo requirements link on this website to make sure that your pictures will be acceptable. Some of the places that need pictures won't be this strict, but I think that following the guidelines will prevent a picture being rejected. You want to watch out for glasses, hats and toys! Fortunately, they illustrate the issues so you can tell what works and doesn't.

https://www.eda.admin.ch/countries/r...ms-photos.html

And.. here is the link. Really senior moment yesterday!
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Re: How many photos to have on hand?

Another vote for DIY on an automatic photo printing machine, e.g. like in the foyer of Migros, just plug in a USB stick with the photo on it.

Especially with kids, having several goes at the shot is essential! Don't use flash unless you've got a good one to avoid shadow.

I then duplicate the photo in an editor to get a JPG that will print several copies (eight fit) of the right size on 15x10 paper.
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