Does a russian citizen holding european residence permit need a visa to go to Ireland? I found that there are special conditions for family members of Union citizens, so would like to know if it applies to the described above situation.
It depends on the residence permit you hold. I also assume you mean a short-term travel.
If it is the Article 10 residence permit (must have the wording "Residence card of a family member of a Union citizen"), you can accompany your EEA family member on their trip to Ireland without a visa.
If you hold a national residence permit, you'll need a type C visa:
Family members of EU/EEA/Swiss citizens seeking to reply on Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive) – type of visa for which you should apply
If you are a non-EEA national:
- who does not hold a document called “Residence card of a family member of a Union citizen” as referred to in Articles 5(2) and 10(1) of Directive 2004/38/EC on the rights of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of Member States, and
- wishes to accompany or join an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen family member who is moving to or residing in Ireland pursuant to the Directive 2004/38/EC,
You can apply for a single journey short-stay C visa which will permit you to enter and reside in the State for up to 3 months.
If you are a ‘qualifying family member’ of an EU/EEA /Swiss Citizen you are exempt from the visa fee.