Everyone has heard about passports. Passports are one of the most important documents that a country issues to its citizens. A passport certifies that identity and nationality of an individual and makes him/her eligible for international travel. Without a passport you cannot travel to any other country. And in case, you try to cross international borders without passport you will get in severe trouble.
However there are many interesting things regarding this important document. If you possess a passport, then you might remember that the officer ask you not to smile in your passport photograph. They also ask you to keep your face natural. There is a very important reason behind this. In this article we will explain why you are asked not to smile in your passport pictures.
In most of the countries the instructions for taking a passport photograph are very clear. The photo must be clear and taken in the passport office. However until a few years ago, people could wear glasses in their passport pictures. They could also carry fancy hairstyles. But everything changed after the attacks on World Trade Centre in America.
Now airports use biometric technology for passport identification as well. The passports of some countries also have a chip that contains the complete data of the person. The photo in the passport also contains complete information about the size of the face, this includes the distance between two eyes, the distance between the nose and the champ and the width of the mouth etc.
When you enter an airport, the cameras identify you. If your photo matches with the biometrics of your face then you get easy entry. Otherwise you come under scrutiny. That is why it is very important to have a proper picture clicked for your passport.
It is advisable that you wear a black shirt for your passport picture. You should also keep your head and shoulders straight in front, do not raise your head too high. Also your eyes should be clean.