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Russian visa - Biometric data for UK citizens in Switzerland


I am a British national planning a trip to Russia and am considering applying for a visa in Switzerland, since I live and work here.

While the requirements are straightforward for the application here at Bern, I was made aware that British nationals are required to provide biometric data to obtain a Russian tourist visa. Is it possible to provide biometric data at Bern even if it is not required? Will it cause problems if I get a visa but the local airports in Russia don't have my biometric data?

My second problem is that I will be travelling to London where I will stay for a couple of days before flying from Heathrow to Russia and back to London, where I will spend some days, before making my way back to Basel.

I heard from a colleague that someone was denied entry into Russia at the local airport because they got a visa in Switzerland but ultimately travelled from London on a non-connecting flight, having spent a few days there beforehand.

Has anyone had any experience like this or heard something similar? It would be better for me to obtain my visa in Switzerland since I am already living here but am stumped with regards to the provision of biometric data and if travelling on a separate ticket to and from London, will create problems once I land at the local airport.

Any help would be most appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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