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A representation of a country in another country. Edit or translate this description.
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Group: Amenities
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Embassy is the official office of a country in another country (for example in the capital). This tag is used for embassies, but also for ambassadors’ residences, consulates and other diplomatic facilities.


Tag Notes
name=* Name of the embassy in the local language, eg. „Embassy of the Russian Federation“ for a russian embassy in the US. You can add names in other languages using a suffix in the name:lg=* key, where lg is the language code of that name (please only add official names and not unofficial translations). See also Multilingual names
alt_name=* Since official names can be difficult and unwieldy at times, it should be considered to add a colloquial name like Norwegian Embassy using alt_name=*. Such an alternate name helps users to retrieve the desired information from the database.
diplomatic=* Sometimes used to specify the nature of the diplomatic institution (e.g. embassy, consulate, ambassador’s residence, etc.).
country=* Represented country, use ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code (upper case, details below).
target=* Targeted country, use ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code (upper case, details below).



To add the country code tag it with country=<ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code> (list of all country codes at Wikipedia). For example for the British embassy in the United States use country=GB (please use upper case, lower case is for language codes).

Types of embassies

Embassies are defined by international treaty, specifically the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Types of embassies are:

  • Branch Embassy Office
  • Embassy (bilateral diplomatic mission)
  • High Commission (between two members of the British Commonwealth, e.g., India and the United Kingdom)
  • Legation (obsolete; none left)
  • Mission (embassy to or sent by a multilateral organization, such as to or from the United Nations)
  • Nunciature (diplomatic mission of the Vatican)

A diplomatic mission of this nature is headed by a "chief of mission" or "head of mission" accorded the status of an ambassador. The head of a nunciature is called "Nuncio" and the head of a high commission "High Commissioner", but they enjoy the status and privileges of an ambassador. Legations, when they existed, were headed by ministers resident, a lower diplomatic rank than ambassador.

Similar facilities that are not embassies

WARNING: The text in this section is outdated and has been superseded by descriptive text in Tag:office=diplomatic.

Two additional types of diplomatic missions exist that are accorded lower status than an embassy:

  • Interests Section
  • Liaison Office

While foreign diplomats assigned to such missions enjoy full diplomatic immunities and privileges, the missions themselves are not strictly considered embassies, and the chiefs of such missions are not called ambassadors. It is currently not clear how to tag these in OSM, one suggestion is to tag such missions with amenity=embassy and diplomatic=interests_section and diplomatic=liaison_office, respectively, but these tags aren't in use by 2018-10-25.

A branch embassy office is an office in a city other than the capital that offers no consular services and thus cannot be defined as a consulate. These are relatively rare.

Offices representing the interests of a country that are non-diplomatic in nature should not be tagged as embassies. An example of this is the American Institute in Taiwan. Such offices do not enjoy diplomatic status and their expatriate personnel utilize tourist passports, not diplomatic passports. Such offices are best tagged office=ngo, for though funded by their respective governments, they are legally and practically not government offices.

See also