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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?

  • 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! – Relaxed 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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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. – Nean Der Thal Dec 10 '13 at 8:53
  • Yeah - great answer :) – JeffG Jan 5 '16 at 9:35
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I just got Spain Visa on a passport with 3 blank pages only, they were not consecutive.

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VFS staff at the Dutch counter in Singapore told me that I needed pages to face each other "as per Schengen rules", even though their own website as well as the official Schengen code only mention the need for two empty Visa pages (no specific order).

Annoyed and short of time, I asked the Dutch Consulate for help, and they confirmed to me in writing that there is no requirement for pages to face each other - copying VFS asking them to accept my application. When I approached VFS staff again armed with this instruction, they said that they were fine to proceed but potentially I would face problems at time of immigration. This was a different stance from earlier when they cited numerous cases including business visas which were rejected by the embassy because empty pages did not face each other.

There is probably no type of human being I feel less excited about arguing with than the Passport control people. I chose to be safe and ended up shelling out S$330 to the High Commission of India for an emergency passport renewal. (Thank them for the ONE working day turnaround). The truth is that these people oftentimes function like they are a law unto themselves, and the VFS guys - even with zero decision making powers -- probably feel a similar privilege.

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