Ireland is located in North-Western Europe, and it is an island that has been politically divided at the beginning of the 20th century. However, the north of the island is called Northern Ireland and is a part of the United Kingdom. You should not confuse the two. As for tourism, one of the most popular attractions are the high, rocky shores at the North Atlantic Ocean. The landscapes are picturesque, and some of the best photos are taken there. Dublin, which is the capital city, is one of the most visited European capital because it provides a lot of attractions, a lot of pubs, and excellent shopping. The offshore islands are not to be overlooked either since they are spectacular.
Before you travel to Ireland, you should check and see whether or not you need a visa. What you should know is that while Ireland is a European Union member, it has chosen to opt out of the Schengen Agreement so you cannot travel there on a Schengen visa. Instead, you must apply for a visa at the nearest Irish embassy or diplomatic mission. Nevertheless, Ireland’s visa policy is similar to the one of the Schengen Area, and many of its rules apply. For one thing, all EU/EEA citizens are allowed to enter Ireland without a visa. Annex II of the Schengen visa policy, the list that contains the countries in the visa waiver program, applies to Ireland as well, but there are a few exceptions. Some countries on that list have been removed, while others were added.
If you want to know in which category you belong, you should take a look at Ireland’s visa policy, or you can use iVisa’s Visa Checker instead. The latter is more convenient. All you have to do is access the tool, which is located in the top right corner of this page, select your nationality in the left drag-down menu, and put Ireland in the right menu. In an instant, the Visa Checker lets you know if you need a visa or not. Moreover, if you do need a travel document, the tool provides a list of the nearest embassies.
Unfortunately, Ireland's visa policy mentions nothing about an electronic visa, which is why we cannot process visa applications. As soon as that changes, we will be able to provide more assistance. Until then, all we can offer is some information, which is why we put at your disposal our support service. It is available 24/7 and free of charge.
A visit to the Irish embassy involves some research about the requirements. You can do that research online, but we think that the information you find on the internet should be used as a reference only. It would be better for you to call the Irish embassy itself and ask your questions there. An embassy is always a more reliable source of information. That way, you cannot make any mistakes. On the other hand, we can tell you that the general requirement asks you to have a valid passport that does not expire for another 6 months from the date of your arrival in Ireland.
We are sorry that information is all we can provide, but hopefully, it answers some of your questions.