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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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I disagree with Doc. There is a difference even from a travelers perspective. The main difference can be described as follows: The embassy is a representative of its government in a foreign country. Whereas a consulate is a representative of its public administration. So as a traveler you should only be concerned with a consulate. The embassy typically ...


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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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I discovered the other day that there are companies who will do the footwork for you (for a fee). For an example, see http://www.mychinavisa.com/tourist.php. We ended up using China Visa Service Center (mychinavisa.com), and we now have our visas. It cost an extra $124 for service fees and shipping, but it saved us the trouble of having to go down to ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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According to the website of the Russian consulate in Germany, German residents must apply for a visa in a particular visa application center, depending on which state they live in: Berlin: Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Bonn: North-Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland. Frankfurt am Main: Baden-Württemberg, Hesse. ...


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Through the consular website in Strasbourg I ended up on this page to fill in the application either in English or Russian, so it seems they accept them in English. The websites you can have translated through the browser or Google translate. But I suspect in dealing with the consulate staff you might need to understand some French or Russian. consular ...


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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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As far as I am aware, the Republic of Italy still abides by jus sanguinis, which means that citizenship is passed down by descendent, regardless of where the individual was born or what their current connection with Italy is - so long as their parent is a citizen too. As there is no limit to this, it means that the Italian state has to provide its diaspora ...


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The embassy is the official "link" between one country and another. It's the "bridge" between our State Department, and their Foreign Office or equivalent. Unless you're a State Department official, the Ambassador, or least a (first, second or third) "secretary," pr part of their support staff, you don't really belong there. The consulate is where the "day ...



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