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Man, these answers are confused. Which is understandable, because this is complex, but quoting Wikipedia isn't going to do it. Here's my understanding, based on holding a diplomatic passport for 18 years and seeing all this first hand & up close. So on a purely practical level, Doc's got it right: embassies and consulates are pretty much ...


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From the perspective of a traveler, there is almost zero difference. Both embassies and consulates are representative departments of a foreign country/government within another country. Technically, an Embassy is where an "Ambassador" is based. As there can only be one Ambassador for a specific country, there can only be (at most) one Embassy. As the ...


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Embassies and consulates will only assist their own citizens. For example, the section of the US embassy that performs this function is called "American Citizen Services". You and your spouse would have to contact your respective countries' embassies. As your children are dual citizens they could get assistance from either embassy. Only in exceedingly rare ...


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Yes, I checked with the consulate security, They said we can carry them, but we cannot use them during the interview. However, you can use them when you are waiting in the lobby.


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You can get your visa at any Turkmen consulate in the world. Currently there is only one embassy in Uzbekistan, the address: Uzbekistan, Tashkent Telephone: +998 (71) 1205278,9 Fax: +998 (71) 1205281 Address: 1 Bol. Mirabadskaya 10 700090 Tashkent For stays of up to 10 days you can (possibly - see edit) get your visa on arrival at the Ashgabat airport. ...


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EU citizens who travel to or live in a third country where their Member State of nationality does not have an embassy or consulate have the right to consular protection by the consular authorities of any other Member State. That Member State has to assist these unrepresented EU citizens under the same conditions as its own nationals. Source: ...


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The two highly voted answers are not entirely correct. Embassies represent the interest of their home country, consulates serve the public (EDITED, see comments below). Of course, each country has some freedom in how to organize their diplomatic network but that's the general idea and it's regulated by international treaties. To take an example I have ...


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The easiest ways to go about finding genuine websites is to look for them from the website of the Ministry or Department of Foreign Affairs or Department of State. Like the one from Singapore. These usually have links to embassies in the countries where they exist or in other cases they have indication on which government provides consular services for a ...


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Embassy represents country dealing with the host's government. There is always only one embassy per country, it's lead by an ambassador. Consulate represents country dealing with individuals. There may be numerous consulates per country, there may be numerous consuls. Confusion arises from the fact, that most often the building housing an embassy ...


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The correct address appears to be : KM 3, Thadeua Road Watnak Village Sisattanak District Vientiane This would place it very close to the ambassadors residence, and in the same vicinity as multiple other embassies, including Japan, India, Singapore and Australia (which is at KM4, Thadeua Road). If you get stuck, I'm sure the staff at the Australia ...


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In Australia you have two options: If you go to the consulate yourself then you need to make a return trip to pick up the visa yourself, so be careful about planning a road trip because you will likely end up needing to make 2! I don't know about major travel agencies, but the Chinese travel agents always get the visas for me, but they charge us an extra ...


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Here's a community wiki to add to if there are more than these two: Embassy in Hanoi, as expected: 46 Hoang Dieu Rd, ☎ +84 4 3845-3736. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh, as expected: 175 Hai Bà Trưng, District 1, ☎ +84 8 3829-2463, fax: +84 8 3827-5845 These first two answers are from Wikivoyage. I went through each page for each city in Vietnam and did not ...


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The legal answer for why consular districts exist is that the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations specifies that consular posts are associated with consular districts, and a consular officer isn't allowed to exercise his functions outside his district except in special circumstances with the approval of the receiving state. Furthermore, a country can't ...


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The embassy finder is a good website, select a country and it lists all its embassies and consulates around the world with phone numbers, address, email and website if available. I have noticed it that it only lists official sites if found as most of embassies for the third world countries do not actually have official websites and if it does, not for all ...


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Your visa application may well be process immediately, on the spot! At least if you're from a developed country and applying in the low season. I'm Australian and applied in late November. I can't guarantee it will be the same for all countries or in the summer. The bad news if you're applying in the winter is that you will have to wait outside the ...


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The Netherlands does not have a consulate in Madagascar, it has an honorary consulate (consulaat honorair). These are very different things. A consulate is an office staffed with career diplomats that can sort out visas and emergency passports and whatnot; from a traveler's POV, it's basically an embassy that happens to be outside the capital. (See here ...


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According to the website, "2.If you cannot come in person, you may entrust someone else or a travel/visa agent to drop off your application at the visa office of the Embassy or Consulate -General which holds consular jurisdiction over the state where you reside;" So, no, you don't have to drop off/pick up your visa in person. But SOMEONE has to visit the ...


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When in doubt, follow the instructions given by the foreign consulate. You can't really go wrong; worst case, they'll tell you what to do and it shouldn't be a radical difference from the posted information. They seem to process things very quickly, and the process is very similar to the process for getting a US visa from Canada (which I've done). So I ...


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According this information, You can apply for the Kazakhstan visa outside of Kazakhstan where Kazakhstan Embassy or Consulate exist In Uzbekistan it is situated in: 70015 Toshkent shahar Chehov 23 Str. e-mail: kazembassy@kaz.uz Phone: 99871-139-09-86, 152-16-54 Fax: 99871-152-16-50 As for how long it will be: Visas are issued ...


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Yes you can, from the official site of Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Is it possible to apply for or renew my Italian passport at a consulate where I am not a resident? Yes, but in that case it is necessary to obtain a clearance (nulla osta) from: the police (Questura) where you are a resident for citizens residing in Italy, and authorised ...


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According to their website, the address is supposed to be No.99, Ying Bin Lu, GuanDu Qu, Kunming, Yunnan Province, China Off : +86-871- 816 2806, 816 2814 Fax : +86-871 816 2803 Email : mcgkunming.cn@gmail.com That's in a park, here, on google maps. The pointer description (缅甸联邦驻昆明总领事馆) stands for "Consulate General of the Union of Myanmar ...


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It turns out two of the addresses refer to the same place! The site must have been redeveloped recently with new, internal roads. The consulate is not located in a park as it seems from Google Maps. I believe the area is a special consular zone. It seems to only contain a Lao consulate and a Myanmar consulate so far. There's also an official Chinese office ...


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It seems that you will be fine and the embassy/consulate is open in August 2013. According to the official website of Chinese embassy in Malaysia: PLEASE BE KINDLY INFORMED THAT THE CONSULAR SECTION OF THE CHINESE EMBASSY WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE FOLLOWING CHINESE HOLIDAYS. New Year’s Day January 1-3 Spring Festival February 9-15 ...


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Consulates and Embassy in the USA have required in person visit for renewal and pickup of the Russian passport. Spoke with the consulate in Seattle today and apparently there is some legislation that has passed but not yet effective, that will enable some passport services to take place by mail in the future. He had no information on effective date.


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It's definitely not obligatory as far as Schengen regulations are concerned, which is why they can't explicitly demand it and only recommend one. Beyond that, you need to establish two things: that you have a valid purpose (that's where the itinerary comes in) and that you have the means to leave the Schengen area (that's why a reservation might be useful). ...


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Well with a bit more persistent searching I did find this information on a third-party website, so I don't think it's official: 2013 Holiday Schedule of CVASC in Kuala Lumpur Public Holiday |Date |Day ---------------------------------+-----------------+---------------- New Year's Day |January 1 ...


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TL;DR: No. The situation you describe is almost certainly entirely the Russians' own doing. The host country for an embassy gets very little say about that embassy's activities. They can refuse the letters of credence of an incoming ambassador, but this is a major diplomatic snub and is not too far off from breaking diplomatic relations entirely. They ...


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Searching in French fortunately yields fewer spam results and many forum/blog posts. There is definitely an embassy/consulate in Hanoi were foreigners can get a visa (here is a very detailed description by someone who did get a visa there a little over a year ago). Wikipedia also says something about a consulate-general in Ho Chi Minh City but no details on ...



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