Does it matter that I'm smiling in my passport size photo?

In my passport size photos, I'm smiling (I needed them for school identification, not a passport). Will that be a problem for entry into Laos and Cambodia? Or do I need to get non smiling ones?


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Sep 14, 2015
Yes, I think it does matter
by: Duangpy

Hi there,

In Laos the passport photo requirements are
- Passport type photos has to be 2x2 inches
- Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
- Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
- Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
- Not retouched or altered by computer software
- Without a head covering (unless it’s worn for religious or medical reasons)
- If you normally wear a wig, hearing aid or prescription glasses, wear them for the photo.
- With eyes open, visible and free from reflection or glare from glasses
- With your eyes not covered by sunglasses, tinted glasses, glasses frames or hair
- With a neutral expression and your mouth closed

Even though it doesn't say photo with smiling face not acceptable, "neutral expression and your mouth closed" implies that, right?

It's wise playing safe rather than dealing with hassles later.

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