It has been 2 years since my passport was renewed. At that time my hair was too short, hence the photo on my passport has short hair. Now I have a bit longer hair as compared to my passport photo. Would that cause entry problems when entering Dubai? Is it all right if I do not renew my passport?

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    Don't know if you're interested in that, but when it comes to computers comparing photos, they're actually really good at seeing through a change in hair length and style. Better than humans, actually.
    – Jasper
    Commented Jan 19, 2019 at 19:40
  • Computer facial recognition is done using biometrics (ratios of facial measurements), which don't change much with age. Commented Jan 20, 2019 at 10:26

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Passports are usually valid for 5 or 10 years. It's quite rare to see people who look the same during the whole period of 5 or 10 years, yet governments aren't complaining.

Hair, beard, weight, etc. can change how people look, but identifying them is something else. Immigration officers know how to deal with this stuff.

Nothing to worry about, do not cut your hair to match the passport photo!

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    Re your last sentence - is there anybody at all who would love to match their passport photo? ;) Commented Jan 19, 2019 at 22:30
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    @HagenvonEitzen the OP, obviously ;) Commented Jan 19, 2019 at 22:41
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    @HagenvonEitzen When you look like your passport photo, it's time to go home. Commented Jan 19, 2019 at 22:47

I imagine that everything will depend on your physical characteristics, that is to say, that if only your haircut looks different, I do not think there is a problem.

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