If you have a passport with a 20-year validity, you aren’t eligible for a Schengen visa. Consulates and embassies which issue Schengens stopped stamping passports which were issued before 2001. Many passengers have had to cancel their trips due to this since May this year. Travel agencies say the European Union doesn’t recognize the barcode of older Indian passports.
Most passengers who approached travel agencies for this visa were asked to reapply for a passport. ”Valid passports issued before 2001 cannot be used for a Schengen visa. This rule came into effect in May. We asking those passengers to reapply for passports,” said a travel agent at Thomas Cook.