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Further specifies the nature of a diplomatic facility. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: diplomacy
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)may be used on relations
Documented values: 9
Useful combination
Status: approvedPage for proposal

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

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With office=diplomatic add the tag diplomatic=* to identify the service offered.

Three values have been approved:

Several other values have been used historically, the suggestion is to use the above 3 and then add another tag to add further detail see the respective tags above for details.


Key Value Status Rendering Statistic Comment
diplomatic embassy Approved Diplomatic.svg 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 Approved Office-diplomatic-consulate.svg 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.

To precise a consulate general, use consulate=consulate_general

diplomatic liaison Approved Liaison offices include government-to-government offices lacking embassy or consular status. This category explicitly includes subnational government offices abroad.
diplomatic permanent_mission Deprecated 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. Recommended replacement is diplomatic=embassy + embassy=mission
diplomatic delegation Deprecated The term delegation is primarily used for diplomatic missions of the European Union in a foreign country. Recommended replacement is diplomatic=embassy + embassy=delegation
diplomatic high_commission Deprecated A high commission is the diplomatic mission of one Commonwealth government to another. Recommended replacement is diplomatic=embassy + embassy=high_commission
diplomatic ambassadors_residence Deprecated The place of residence of a head of a diplomatic mission. Recommended replacement is diplomatic=embassy + embassy=residence
diplomatic non_diplomatic Deprecated 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. Alternative tagging is diplomatic=liaison


The approved proposal includes 3 subtags:

  • embassy=* - to specify the type of embassy or diplomatic mission
  • consulate=* - to specify the type of consular office
  • liaison=* - to specify the type of liason office

And 2 additional tags to specify the sending and receiving countries involved:

  • country=* - for the sending country of the diplomatic mission or office
  • target=* - for the receiving country

The services offered by an embassy, consulate or another diplomatic office can be specified with 3 additional tags:


Please tag both the official name and the commonly-used name, for example

The use of short_name=* and name=* is also acceptable.

See also