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I am an Indian citizen travelling from India to Italy on a student visa via the UK. My flight stops at Heathrow for 2.30 hours. Will I be required to have a transit visa?

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Welcome to travel.SE. What is your citizenship? And where are you coming from? – Karlson Jun 25 '14 at 15:40
@pnuts UK citizenship isn't the only condition to allow TWOV. – Karlson Jun 25 '14 at 15:42
Related/Possible Duplicate:… – Karlson Jun 25 '14 at 16:03
The other question mentions a “Schengen visa”, which might or might not be the same than what the OP has. – Relaxed Jun 25 '14 at 16:57

Indian citizens generally do need a visa for airside transit at Heathrow but you are probably exempt from this requirement based on your Italian visa. Specifically, you are exempt if you:

have a valid uniform format category D visa for entry to a state in the European Economic Area (EEA)

An Italian student visa valid for more than three months would be a category D visa (whereas a short-stay Schengen visa would not). If I am not mistaken, it should look approximately like this:

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