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Biometric data collection in the UK
Biometric data is required for all Russian visa applications made in the UK. All visa applicants (except for children under 12 years) must go in person to the Russian visa application centre either in London, Manchester or Edinburgh. The procedure is quick and requires only one visit. Even if your personal attendance is now required, there will be much value in using our visa service. Please read why.
Important: COVID-19 mandatory tests
All travellers to Russia departing from the UK are required to have a negative test (taken by PCR method) passed not ealier than three days before arrival in Russia. You must present a printout of the test certificate before boarding the flight. A test can be booked at the Russian visa centre while submitting your application.
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Biometric Data & Our Service
About Biometric DataBiometric data is required for all Russian visa applications made in the UK. All visa applicants (except for children under 12 years) must go in person to the Russian visa application centre either in London, Manchester or Edinburgh. The procedure is quick and requires only one visit.
Biometric data is used to identify the person. It is an extra security check that prevents illegal border crossings and one which helps fight criminal activities. Biometric data collection is fast becoming a common practice in controlling state borders globally. As a UK or EU citizen you might already have a biometric passport with a chip where your personal information is stored. The United Kingdom has one of the most sophisticated border control systems and was among the first countries to introduce biometric data collection for tourist visas. Biometric data is also widely used by the US government and there are also plans for EU countries to roll-out biometric data collection for tourist visas.
Following these common practices the Russian authorities introduced biometric data collection for tourist visas in December 2014.
Biometric Date Collection ProcedureFingerprints will be scanned and stored in the system and at any Russian border crossing your data will then be checked and your identity confirmed. There are no tighter visa requirements, no longer processing times and no higher fees as a result of this new additional step.
Visa applicants will be required to attend the Russian visa centre JUST ONCE.
Our ServiceEven if your personal attendance is now required, there will be much value in using our visa service:
- Visa support document (tourist voucher) included in the visa price;
- Detailed guidance on how to complete the Russian visa application form;
- Advice of our experienced visa consultants on any aspects of your visa application;
- Your visa application pack carefully checked making sure all required documents are available and valid, thus not wasting time for another travel to the visa centre;
- Assistance at the Russian visa centre in London, personal help if there are any unexpected issues with your application;
- Documents collection from the visa centre.
DisclaimerIt is our responsibility to inform you that we are a private company assisting our customers with visa applications. We are not an official government website and are not affiliated with any government department. If you wish to apply directly to the relevant embassy, please contact them or check their website for current visa rules, application process and applicable fees.
If you decide to use our services, please note, that in addition to consular fees we charge a handling fee for processing your visa application on your behalf which includes visa consultation and advice, checking your application pack as per relevant government requirements, consular submission and collection.