Questions tagged [consulates]

Diplomatic missions of a country in another country usually subordinate to the Embassy of the country. There is a separate [embassies] tag.

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What's the difference between embassies and consulates?

Today Mitt Romney called Benghazi the capital of Libya (it's Tripoli) and apparently mixed up consulates and embassies. I thought it'd be a handy question to have on here, for those sorting out visas ...
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What if passport is lost and home country has no diplomatic presence?

I come from a relatively small country and like to vacation in small countries where my home country has no consulate. I am just curious, hypothetically, what would be a course of action if my ...
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What's the smallest non-capital city with a foreign consulate?

As an example, the city of Haifa (population 280k) has a Russian consulate in addition to the main embassy in Tel Aviv. The Haifa consulate is full fledged and can issue visas, not just an honorary ...
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Will a British consulate abroad assist a person who has indefinite leave to remain in the UK?

My mother in law has indefinite leave to remain in the UK can she ask for help at a British consulate abroad?
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Does my passport go to a foreign country to get the visa or is it issued in the consulate of ones own country?

I have applied for UK visa and I got a mail yesterday that my application will reach the entry clearance officer shortly. Is the ECO in Britain or in the UK consulate in India? I have my flight on Aug ...
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Do any Chinese embassies or consulates grant multiple-entry visas to people from a third country?

This question is specifically about true multiple-entry visas, which for China are valid for six months and allow multiple entries. This question is not about double-entry visas. In the case of China,...
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Do I have to visit the Chinese consulate in person to get my visa?

I'm planning a trip to Shanghai to visit some friends in about 5 months. I understand that I will need to get a visa issued so that I can travel to China. This will be the first time I've applied ...
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Which embassy/consulate to contact when you need consular support for a family where the parents have different nationalities?

This is a question we have asked our self a lot, but never found a proper answer. We are a couple with different nationalities, where our children have both. We are wondering which Embassy we should ...
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Where do I apply for my visas?

This may be a simple one, but I actually don't know the answer to my question... I'm from Kosovo. I plan to visit Australia, Japan and Canada next year as a tourist. I live in Germany. I currently ...
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Kazakhstan visa in Uzbekistan?

I'll be passing through Uzbekistan shortly, and will need another Kazakhstan tourist visa before I head back there. What locations can I get this at, and any idea how long it will take to achieve?
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I have multiple citizenships, and somehow landed in legal trouble while travelling abroad. Which embassy should I contact for consular services?

Consider the scenario where you are travelling overseas, outside of the jurisdiction of any of the countries to which you have citizenship. You somehow end up in legal trouble, and are arrested. By ...
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How to find the genuine websites for consulates, embassies, and immigration offices around the world?

Very often when travelling about the world you need to check the official word on obtaining visas and visa extensions and other related information. But increasingly it's getting very difficult to ...
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Dealing with bully/rogue consular official

My wife and will be traveling to Italy for vacations and she is from a country that requires a visa. This is usually not a problem, as she has obtained travel visas to several other countries ...
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How to apply for Vietnam tourist visa

My passport is Canadian, and I live in Japan. I have a 10 hour stopover in Hanoi and a 16 hour stopover in Ho Chi Minh 2 weeks later. I'd like to explore the cities during at least one of these ...
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Error in Portuguese passport

I am Brazilian with Portuguese citizenship. Last week, I went to the Portuguese Consulate to apply for a new passport for my 3-year-old daughter, as her previous passport would expire in a few months. ...
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Where exactly is the Myanmar consulate in Kunming, China?

Yesterday I thought I'd wander down to the Myanmar consulate here in Kunming to ask them for more details about getting a visa and visiting by crossing the land border with China. My hostel (The Hump)...
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Consular help for EU national in a country with a limited consulate of own country?

According to EU regulations "[y]ou are eligible for consular protection if you are a national of an EU Member State in distress in a country outside the EU where your country does not have an embassy/...
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DS-160: photo dimensions are not correct. What should I do?

I have just confirmed my DS-160 (U.S. Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application) and so the electronic visa has just been submitted to the chosen consulate in my home country. However, I just realised ...
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Unavailability of appointment dates at Spanish consulate

I am an Indian citizen living in the USA. I have to travel to Spain on Nov 15 from San Francisco for a business trip. However, there are no appointment dates available at the consulate of Spain in San ...
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How to contact the Mexican Consulate in Boston?

We need to contact them about a Visa issue. The security guard won't let you in without an appointment but they do not pick up the phone, they don't return messages and all e-mail remains unanswered ...
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Russian Tourist Visa in Thailand or Japan

I am a US citizen currently in Thailand and heading to Japan in about 10 days, looking to get my tourist visa for Russia (to ride the trans-siberian railroad). I will be entering Russia by sea at ...
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US Consulate visa interview appointment scheduling

TL;DR - Do US consulates "release" visa interview slots on a somewhat ad-hoc basis making it necessary to regularly check their web site in order to make a reservation for an interview a few weeks ...
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How can I renew my Italian passport abroad?

I'm Italian, I'm living between China and India and my passport is going to expire in June 2014. Right now I'm in China and this is my trip plan: in Sept. I will go India in October I will be ...
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Can we carry electronic devices at the Swiss Regional Consular Centre, London?

At the Swiss Regional Consular Centre, London, are we allowed to carry electronic devices, like cellphones and laptops during a Visa interview?
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Apply for a Russian visa in English in Strasbourg

I am travelling to Russia and need a visa. My nearest Russian consulate is in Strasbourg, but I don't speak French or Russian. Will I be able to make my application there? I live near Strasbourg but ...
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Which cities in Vietnam have a Chinese embassy or consulate where I can apply for a visa?

As usual there are lots of fake sites when trying to Google for current facts about embassies and consulates. I want to know what my options are for where to apply for my Chinese visa in Vietnam. I ...
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Why does each consul general have a specific service area?

What is the point of each consul general having a specific service area? For example, if you're a living in Portland, Oregon, according to Russian Consulates In The US, even though there's an office ...
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How long does it take to obtain an expedited visa in the Mongolian consulate in Hohhot, China?

From searching around the Interwebs I can find information about getting a Mongolian visa in the Chinese border town of Erlian, Inner Mongolia, but not so much for getting one at the capital of Inner ...
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UK visa in NY (Indian Citizen)

I took all the steps as shown in the gov.uk link to Apply for a UK visa in the USA. Apply online Paid fees Go to your appointment Post your application For #4 I sent my application to following ...
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Can I get emergency travel documents if I didn't lose my passport but don't have it in my possession?

Let's say I travel abroad to country Z using passport A and leave or forget passport (UK) at home, and whilst abroad I lose passport A. Let's assume both A and UK can travel visa free to Z. If for ...
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Why are mobile phones prohibited at many consulates?

I've recently been to the US Consulate where they ask you to leave your phone at the security check before entering the premises. Likewise you're not allowed any electronics, no matter how harmless. ...
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Obtaining Mongolian visa in Vientiane, Laos

If my Chinese visa application today goes well I'm hoping to then apply for my Mongolian visa here in Vientiane, Laos. But I can't find the current location or opening hours of the Mongolian embassy ...
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Can I expedite Schengen visa at Italian consulate in San Francisco

I made the mistake of booking the tickets and accommodation without checking the consulate's appointment availability. Now I realize there is no slot available at Italian Consulate in SFO before my ...
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Is it possible to apply for Russian passport by mail/internet in North America?

There is a limited number of Russian consulates across the vast territory of North America, and it would be quite inconvenient to have to attend one of them in person for passport renewal, especially ...
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During what hours does the Chinese consulate in Mexico City accept visa applications?

I want to apply for a Chinese visa in the coming days here in Mexico City. I'm having some difficulty finding the times during which the consulate is open for visa applications. I know from previous ...
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How long should it take to get a Russian passport?

How long does it take to get a Russian passport if you're travelling or living abroad?
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Waiting time when applying for a German passport abroad?

I've noticed that there are a fair amount of Germans here. I just applied for my first German passport at the consulate in Vancouver and they told me that it takes around 8-10 weeks to arrive, which ...
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Can anybody get a visa for Azerbaijan from Batumi, Georgia now?

"Note you can't get an Azerbaijan visa in Batumi any more." – chx Is it just Australians who can no longer get their Azeri visa there, or everybody? Also, why? Did the consulate in Batumi close ...
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Is there any reason for me to visit my consulate just for fun? [duplicate]

I'll be taking my first international trip later this year and I've found that the US consulate just a few blocks from where I will be staying. I'm curious about what goes on at the consulate, how it ...
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Applying for a Kosovo tourist visa from India

I am planning to visit Kosovo. I am from Bangladesh, currently staying in New Delhi, India. I don't know where the Kosovo Embassy in India is, nor where I apply for a visa.
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Can I get a new U.S. passport sent to a U.S. consulate overseas after leaving the US with a different passport (dual citizenship)?

My child has dual US and German citizenship, we live in the US. Her US passport expired, the German one is still valid. Her new passport might not be ready in time for our travel plans. Judging from ...
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Your travel itinerary: is booking obligatory? [duplicate]

I'm an international student currently living near Chicago. Tomorrow I have an appointment to get a French visa, and I have a question about one of the requirements. According to them (http://www....
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Indian passport threads coming off, India travel in 2 weeks

I live in US, and have a F1 Visa and an Indian passport. I am traveling to India in couple of weeks, and my passport got some wear and tear. The stitching which hold the inner pages and the cover is ...
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How to find out which days the Chinese embassy/consulate in Kuala lumpur is open?

I'm planning to get a visa for China while I'm in Kuala Lumpur soon, but I discovered I'll be arriving during a major Muslim holiday period, Hari Raya Puasa (Eid al-Fitr). I know consulates and ...
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How to contact the Moroccan consulate in Frankfurt regarding a travel visa?

I live in Bavaria, Germany and I need to apply to the consulate of Morocco in Frankfurt for a travel visa. The procedure of applying for a travel visa is to send an application first (without the ...
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Need storage locker for cell phone because US consulate in São Paulo does not permit one

Sadly the consulate website simply states you can't enter with a cellphone and will need to "make arrangements" to stash your phone. Does anybody know if there is a nearby locker to put my phone in?
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Does a country keep track of the visas its citizens are getting? [closed]

For example, say you are a citizen of Uruguay getting an Indian visa from the Indian consulate in New York. Do the Uruguayan authorities get notified of this somehow?
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Are governments limited in staff they can deploy to a consulate? [closed]

I've recently been dealing with the Russian consulates in North America, and they appear to be ridiculously mismanaged and/or understaffed. In the jurisdiction served by Toronto, for example, they ...
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Does 6-month-old 214(b) rejection have any impact on upcoming H-1B consulate interview? [closed]

I have faced US B-1 visa rejection in November 2017 under section 214(b). I was nervous, shaking. I was able to answer but fumbling a lot. Now, two days ago (May 14th, 2018) I found that I got my ...
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Can I book a Schengen Visa for Germany to a different consulate if the consulates assigned for my state do not have appointments?

I am non-resident alien (not a permanent resident) residing in Seattle, Washington, USA. The German consulate assigned for my state is San Fransisco. The earliest available appointment is 2.5 months ...