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Further specifies the nature of a diplomatic facility.
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may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: De facto

In conjunction with amenity=embassy, this key helps to distinguish different types of diplomatic institutions.

This tag is used for embassies, consulates, high commissions, ambassadors’ residences and other diplomatic facilities.


Key Value Element Comment
diplomatic embassy Node Area An embassy or diplomatic mission is the official representation of a foreign country or multi-national institution (such as the United Nations or the European Union) in another country. Embassies will most likely reside in the capital city of the receiving country. They serve primarily diplomatic and political purposes and are headed by an ambassador. In many cases, though not necessarily, embassies will also have a consular section that is responsible for handling Visa requests, passport matters, and the like.
diplomatic consulate Node Area Consulates do not take on diplomatic tasks and serve a more administrative purpose. Their primary focus is to deliver services to their own nationals. Consulates can be more numerous than diplomatic missions and might be posted in various cities throughout the receiving country.
diplomatic consulate_general Node Area A consulate general commonly serves the same purpose as a consulate. In addition, it usually presides over a consular district within the receiving country or region.
diplomatic honorary_consulate Node Area Honorary consulates generally serve a purpose similar to a consulate. They are, however, headed by non-career officials who may well combine the job with their own private activities. In some instances such a consul may not even be a citizen of the sending country.
diplomatic permanent_mission Node Area A permanent mission is the diplomatic mission of a country to a multi-national organisation like the United Nations, the European Union, the OSCE, or the International Atomic Energy Agency. Missions accredited to the European Union in particular are often termed permanent representations. Nevertheless they should be tagged with diplomatic=permanent_mission as they operate in the exact same way as other institutions of this kind.
diplomatic delegation Node Area The term delegation is primarily used for diplomatic missions of the European Union in a foreign country.
diplomatic high_commission Node Area A high commission is the diplomatic mission of one Commonwealth government to another.
diplomatic ambassadors_residence Node Area The place of residence of a head of a diplomatic mission.
diplomatic non_diplomatic Node Area A non-diplomatic office is the representation of an unrecognized state or government or of a territory that does not claim to be a sovereign state. They have no official diplomatic status as defined by the Vienna Convention. An example would be the Representation of the Republic of Tatarstan in Moscow or the Representative Offices of Somaliland in different countries. Such offices assume some of the consular functions of diplomatic posts but are nevertheless non-diplomatic missions.


Key Value Comment
diplomatic:sending_country=* country code
ISO 3166-1 (or -2)
Country code of the sending country (example: Greek embassy in Italy → Greece is the sending country). You can find a list of all country codes here (ISO 3166-1 alpha-2), for subdivisions see below. Please use UPPER CASE, lower case is for language codes.

An example: For the Greek embassy in Italy use diplomatic:sending_country=GR.
diplomatic:receiving_country=* country code
ISO 3166-1 (or -2)
Country code of the receiving country, usually the country where the diplomatic institution is and equal with addr:country (example: Greek embassy in Italy → Italy is the receiving country). You can find a list of all country codes here (ISO 3166-1 alpha-2), for subdivisions see below. Please use UPPER CASE, lower case is for language codes.

An example: For the Greek embassy in Italy use diplomatic:receiving_country=IT.

This key may seem unnecessary, because it is identical with addr:country in most cases. But it is necessary, because it is not always identical (look for example to the multiple values annotation below).

Multiple Values

Both subkeys can have multiple values in some rare cases, when countries share an embassy or when a country has one embassy to multiple countries. For multiple values use semi-colon as separator.

Subdivisions (provinces, states)

Subdivisions like provinces or states of a country can have missions too (usually in the capital). Please use ISO 3166-2.

An example in Germany (this is the “embassy” of the state of Bavaria in Berlin): Node Landesvertretung Bayern, tagged with DE-BY for Bavaria, Germany.


Do not use diplomatic=* without amenity=embassy since it is not independently recognised by renderers.

Please tag both the official name and a short common name, for example

  • name=Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the Kingdom of Denmark and to the Republic of Iceland and
  • short_name=Lithuanian embassy

the use of name=* and official_name=* is also okay.

See also