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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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The level of support offered by embassies will vary widely from each foreign embassy / consulate to another. A couple of standard support measures provided though are: Contact family members to pass messages along Provide details on contact information on local lawyers, and interpreters if needed. Depending on whether such a support system is available for ...


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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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Short answer: No, not for ordinary mortals. In the 1990's they hosted a wonderful 4th of July party, but 9/11 took care of that in short order. It is hard enough to get in when you want to discuss something... As we have very limited counter space and no private area where we could discuss your case I would discourage you from coming in to the ...


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During the Cold War (and probably continuing to this day), Russian spies were taught to say, "Call the the Soviet Consulate," or "Call the Soviet Embassy," when caught. While undergoing training, they were tortured to induce them to say more than that. If they said "more," they flunked the course, were kicked out of the program (and lost their main chance to ...


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I am most familiar with the US Embassy in Delhi, India, since I was there for an extended period of time (several months). You can always visit the website for the US Embassy wherever you are traveling; they post a complete list of services for American citizens. To summarize some of the big ones, US Embassies will help American citizens with the following: ...


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US embassies are probably among the most difficult to access but since your question suggests you might be interested in other embassies too, note that there are many options to visit one. For example, in London, some embassies participate in the annual “Open House” event (e.g. Czech Republic, Belgium), host occasional cultural events (North Korea!) or have ...


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The address is mostly a convenience (in case the passport gets lost). In my country, reporting an address change is not mandatory and Canada even advises you to change it yourself. It might be a problem as far as the Indian authorities are concerned so I wouldn't recommend doing that but there is no way a third country could verify it or rely on it for any ...


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Quite often there are agencies that can deal with the problem for you (you see a problem, they see a solution!). For example, it's quite likely that you may live in a country that doesn't have an Uzbekistan embassy or high commision. Or Tajikstan. Or Kazakhstan. If you're headed to central Asia, that either means dealing with them at the borders (you can ...


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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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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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You don't get a choice of which Schengen country to apply to a visa from -- it has to be the main destination of the trip you need the visa for. This can be checked because you'll need to describe your travel plans and purpose in the visa application itself, and it will be rejected unless filed with the country that's your main destination. Of course you ...


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While it's clearly not your fault, it's important to realise it's also clearly not the airline's fault. As such, they've completed a business transaction with you, with terms and conditions. So check the terms and conditions - on what you're entitled to a refund for. Odds are it probably doesn't mention embassy closure, and if you then want a refund for a ...


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Usually, when an embassy closes down they delegate visa related affairs to another embassy of another country, it is a common practice. If this is not the case in your situation then you can contact the embassy in the nearest country that has one, I suggest using the phone at first for faster response. If you couldn't manage to get a visa from another ...


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The department is: Consular Section. The generic title: Consular Officer But ultimately addressing it to the United States Embassy is just as effective. A perfect salutation will not effect your visa application's chances. What counts is the content and that content should show why you will return ... a good salary, a team leader, a long time as an ...


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According to Iran Embassy/consulates in Africa, North & south America, Europe, Asia, Oceania there is an Iranian embassy in Tbilisi so you should be able to apply for a visa.


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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 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 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 October 2014, the British consulate in Copenhagen decided 100% of all General Visitor applications within 15 days. They report an average of less than 10 days. These figures would be strongly indicative of what you can expect in December 2014 and January 2015. https://www.gov.uk/visa-processing-times If you are only in Copenhagen for 16 days, it's ...


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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 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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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 – the embassy is opened from 9:30. Visa costs approx. 50 EUR. Address: Iranian Embassy Chavchavadze Street 80 Tbilisi, Georgia Phone no.: (+995) 32 291 36 56 (+995) 32 291 36 58 Telefax: (+995) 32 291 36 28 E-mail: iranemb@geo.net.ge Official website: http://www.embassypages.com/missions/embassy21563/ ...


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The first goal should always be: Do not get arrested in the first place. If you travel common sense demands that you know the most important rules to obey. Traveling books and other information sources will inform you what is legal and illegal and what is polite behavior. This gains importance if you are moving in another culture and it even more important ...


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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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You apply at the country where you will be either: Staying the longest. First port of entry. In your case, as you are staying equal amount of days in multiple countries it is Germany as that is your first port of entry. For reference, here is the text from the The Netherland's embassy: You must apply for the visa at a mission of the Schengen ...


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If you have decided not to go, then just cancel your interview. End of story. It's not going to reflect badly on you or your family, and it's certainly better than being denied a visa. Also, I don't think there is anything at all suspicious about "my father is sick and my brother [you] is staying behind to take care of him". I'd almost say the opposite: ...



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