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My Indian passport is almost full, I have 4 blank pages, but not facing pages (1 blank page at the beginning of my passport, one in the middle, and the very last page recto/verso).

Do I need to renew my passport or can I apply directly? The rules are not so clear, do the blank pages need to be facing one another, just be consecutive, or it doesn't matter?

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Is there a problem renewing your passport? –  Karlson Oct 19 '13 at 15:41
    
A 40 working days delay, which is usually not respected anyway... –  Jonathan Oct 20 '13 at 6:54
    
Apparently, the French consulate said by email that the 2 pages do not need to be consecutive. I'll wait for the confirmation at the visa office, VFS, and confirm here. –  Jonathan Oct 20 '13 at 12:13
    
+1 to the question. I don't know the answer but thanks for following up in any case! –  Annoyed Oct 20 '13 at 19:43
    
With the introduction of PSK (Passport Seva Kendra), renewing a passport is much easier now. I got mine in less than 20 days - about 5 months ago (Normal services). One can get it renewed within a week on Tatkal services. –  Prashanth Dec 10 '13 at 4:23
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up vote 4 down vote accepted

VFS accepted the passport and returned it after 3 days, with the Shengen visa in it.

So in my case, having two pages available in the passport, even though non-consecutive, was fine.

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I like answers like this, 100% useful to many people later and from personal experience. –  user1712 Dec 10 '13 at 8:53
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