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British Passport Renewal from CH - Photo booths with codes?

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Having trouble getting a photo of good enough quality to be excepted by online service.
Are there photo booths in Lausanne region that issue a code that you can use to upload the photo.

Or - anyone else get their passport renewed on a "fair" photo or am I risking time and money by not uploading a photo that is "good".

Many thanks
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Old 26.05.2021, 12:35
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Re: British Passport Renewal from CH - Photo booths with codes?

I (not UK citizen) use a photoshop here in Lugano for passport photos; they charge 20 CHF for two properly sized copies. Why risk the photo booth versions?
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Re: British Passport Renewal from CH - Photo booths with codes?

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Hi
Having trouble getting a photo of good enough quality to be excepted by online service.
Are there photo booths in Lausanne region that issue a code that you can use to upload the photo.

Or - anyone else get their passport renewed on a "fair" photo or am I risking time and money by not uploading a photo that is "good".

Many thanks
I just kept taking new ones until it was rated as 'good'.
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Re: British Passport Renewal from CH - Photo booths with codes?

It's really not difficult to take your own UK passport photo, I've done so several times over the years for both my wife and myself.

A thorough guide to what's acceptable is available here
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Re: British Passport Renewal from CH - Photo booths with codes?

There are no booths in Switzerland that issue codes for the UK passport office.

Just keep taking photos yourself with your phone and uploading them until you find one that they accept. Ask a friend or family member to take the photos for you.

The passport office site will tell you immediately if the photo is acceptable or not.
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Re: British Passport Renewal from CH - Photo booths with codes?

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There are no booths in Switzerland that issue codes for the UK passport office.

Just keep taking photos yourself with your phone and uploading them until you find one that they accept. Ask a friend or family member to take the photos for you.

The passport office site will tell you immediately if the photo is acceptable or not.
Even if the automated check says it's no good, but you are absolutely confident it is, you can say so in a comment and push it through.

It seems to struggle with pale skin, unusual hair colours, birthmarks and other stuff.
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Re: British Passport Renewal from CH - Photo booths with codes?

I had an issue with dyed hair (kept saying I had red-eyes... when really it was the hair).

Ended up photoshopping my hair black, and that went through...

Just keep taking pictures (get a friend to take them, use a white background, no shadows) until you get one that works.
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