I am Russian citizen and I am going from Italy to Bridgetown (Barbados) with a transit in London.

I will arrive at 23:05 in London (LHR) terminal 1 with Alitalia Airlines and will go to final destination the next day 11:30 from London (LHR) terminal 3 with Virgin Atlantic.

Would I need a transit visa for this itinerary?

For the transit visa I have:

  • You arrive and depart by air. OK
  • You have a confirmed onward flight that leaves on the day you arrive or before midnight on the day after you arrive. OK
  • You have the correct documents for your destination (eg a visa for that country). OK
  • You have a common format residence permit issued by an European Economic Area (EEA) country I DON'T KNOW because I have a residence permit in Italy, but I am not sure if it is a e-residence permits (that is not acceptable for transiting through immigration control without a visa).

In italian my residence permit is called "Permesso di Soggiorno Elettronico". Please help me find the difference between e-residence permit and others.

  • Is it a plastic card with a bull on it?
    – phoog
    Commented Dec 27, 2017 at 22:51
  • Yes it is plastic card
    – Sofya
    Commented Dec 28, 2017 at 13:30
  • Does it have a bull?
    – phoog
    Commented Dec 28, 2017 at 14:38
  • Yes, It is a plastic card with a bull and 5 stars
    – Sofya
    Commented Dec 28, 2017 at 16:06
  • Your question seems to be based on the assumption that an e-permit is not the same as a common format permit, but that appears to be incorrect. Where did you get that information?
    – phoog
    Commented Dec 28, 2017 at 19:08

1 Answer 1


What you have is the new electronic residence permit (PSE), introduced in 2015, which is more secure than the previous one and more difficult to counterfeit. It complies with EC Regulation no. 1030/2002, as amended by the EC Regulation n. 380/2008 and is common format residence permit issued by an EEA Member State or Switzerland.

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