Tag:office=diplomatic

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Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Washington, D.C.jpg
Description
An embassy, diplomatic mission, consulate or liaison office of a foreign government or parastatal entity in a host country. Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
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Office-16.svg
Group: Offices
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may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
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Useful combination
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Status: approvedPage for proposal

Usage

The tag office=diplomatic is used to map an embassy, consulate or liason office: all types of foreign diplomatic and consular missions as well as government-to-government liaison offices lacking diplomatic status, including subnational representative offices (e.g., State of Virginia offices abroad).

Diplomatic missions are defined as missions covered by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the UN Charter, or other, similar multilateral treaty on diplomatic relations; consular missions are defined as missions covered by the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

Note: This tag is used for government-operated diplomatic or consular missions only. This tag specifically excludes commercial firms providing assistance to visa applicants either under contract to a diplomatic or consular mission or independently. Such private-sector, commercial firms (e.g., CAPAGO, Italy VMS and VFS.Global) may best be tagged shop=travel_agency or office=visa.

How to map

Create a node or area and add the tag office=diplomatic plus diplomatic=embassy, diplomatic=consulate or diplomatic=liaison. You may further specify the type of embassy, consulate or liaison office:

      • embassy=* with key values of [yes, high_commission, nunciature, interests_section, mission, delegation, branch_embassy, residence]
      • consulate=* with key values of [yes, consulate_general, consular_agency, consular_office, honorary_consul]
      • liaison=* with key values of [liaison_office, representative_office, subnational];

Additional tags routinely used should include:

  • country=* where the value is the two-character ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code for the sending country or organization or the generally accepted English acronym for an international organization (e.g., UN, OSCE). If a mission represents multiple countries, * will constitute a semicolon-delimited list of tags, e.g., country=BE;LU for a mission representing both Belgium and Luxembourg;
  • name=* for the commonly used name of the mission (additional tags in the format name:*= where * is the two-character language code for multilingual names should be encouraged);
  • target=* where the value is the two-character ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code for the receiving (accrediting) country or organization or the generally accepted English acronym for an international organization (e.g., UN, OSCE, NATO, WTO). If a mission is accredited to multiple countries or organizations, the value can contain a list separated by semicolons, e.g., target=US;CA for a mission accredited to both the United States and Canada, or target=BE;EU;NATO for a mission accredited simultaneously to Belgium, the European Union, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

and of course the address and other contact information.

The amenity=embassy tag has been deprecated, and it should be phased out over time.

Additional tags

Tag Value Element Comment Rendering Photo

Secondary values

These are the secondary additional tags for the office=diplomatic key/tag combination.
diplomatic embassy nodearea Diplomatic missions headed by ambassadors or equivalently ranked chiefs of mission. Office-16.svg
Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Washington, D.C.jpg
diplomatic consulate nodearea Consulates and consular agencies or offices, including honorary consuls. Office-16.svg
Consulate Portugal Mindelo 2006.jpg
diplomatic liaison nodearea Government-to-government offices lacking either diplomatic or consular status under the VCDR or VCCR, explicitly includes subnational government offices abroad. Office-16.svg
20170217 (IMG 0629) New compound of AIT Taipei Office with construction sign 美國在台協會台北辦事處新館及施工告示牌.jpg
          
Tag Value Element Comment

Tertiary values

These are the tertiary tag values for the office=diplomatic key/tag combination.
embassy yes nodearea Bears a sign labeling it as an embassy and is headed by an ambassador.
embassy branch_embassy nodearea Branch of an embassy headed by a diplomat below ambassadorial rank; may be in or outside the city where the embassy chancery is located.  May be signed as a trade office or cultural center.
embassy delegation nodearea Bears a sign labeling it as a delegation and is headed by an ambassador.
embassy high_commission nodearea Bears a sign labeling it as a high commission and is headed by a high commissioner.
embassy interests_section nodearea Diplomatic mission sent under a protecting power per the Vienna Convention; will bear a sign identifying it as an interests section. Headed by a "principal officer".
embassy mission nodearea Diplomatic mission to or from a multilateral organization such as the United Nations.
embassy nunciature nodearea Diplomatic mission from the Vatican, headed by a nuncio.
embassy residence nodearea Official residence of an ambassador or other diplomatic chief of mission.
consulate yes nodearea Consulate headed by a consul,bearing a sign identifying it as a consulate.
consulate consular_agency nodearea Bears a sign identifying it as a consular agency, often headed by a national of the host country, and offers only citizen services (no visa services).
consulate consular_office nodearea An office offering limited consular services.
consulate consulate_general nodearea Headed by a consul general; may be as large as an embassy.
consulate honorary_consul nodearea Host-country national who offers limited services on behalf of a foreign country.
liaison liaison_office nodearea Unaccredited office of a country lacking full diplomatic recognition of the host country.
liaison representative_office nodearea Unaccredited office of a shadow government.
liaison subnational nodearea Non-diplomatic office of a subnational (provincial or state) government.

Three additional optional tags describing available services may be applied:

Examples

Embassy

Embassies (also known in the case of missions between members of the British Commonwealth as "high commissions", in the case of diplomatic missions sent by the Vatican as "nunciatures", and to multilateral or international organizations as "missions") are usually but not always found in the capital city of the receiving side. They are typically defined in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (VCDR) or another multilateral international agreement conferring diplomatic status that cites the VCDR. Some countries have multiple embassy offices (cultural and trade offices, for example) elsewhere in the capital city and in rare instances may operate a "branch embassy office" in another city that is not a consulate. The United States government has maintained such offices in Mostar and Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, for example, as well as (notoriously) in Benghazi, Libya. "Interest sections" are diplomatic missions between countries that do not recognize each other formally, such as between Iran and the United States. Examples of points of interest using this tag include:

  • Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C., United States;
  • Iranian Interests Section of the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, D.C., United States;
  • United Kingdom High Commission in New Delhi, India;
  • Apostolic Nunciature in Ankara, Turkey;
  • Argentinian Mission to the United Nations in New York, United States;
  • German Mission to NATO, Brussels, Belgium;
  • American Center (a cultural outreach center) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, which is located separately from the U.S. Embassy;
  • Russian Federation Trade Representative in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, which is located separately from the Russian Embassy;
  • Chinese Mission to the World Trade Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

Where the ambassador's residence ("residence") is a historic or otherwise notable building, it may optionally be tagged using the embassy=residence additional (secondary) tag.

  • Spaso House, the U.S. ambassador's residence in Moscow, Russia

Consulate

Consulates are typically found in two places: in a capital city, in which cases they are often housed within embassy premises, and in other satellite locations in the host country. Consulates are defined by the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR). Examples include:

  • The Consulate of Sweden in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States;
  • The Russian Consulate General in Seattle, Washington, United States;
  • The American Consulate General in Moscow, Russia, which is located inside the U.S. Embassy compound;
  • The American Consular Agency in Cancun, Mexico;
  • The Afghanistan Consulate General in Mary, Turkmenistan;
  • The Netherlands Honorary Consulate in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada;
  • The Russian Consular Office in Turkmenbashy, Turkmenistan.

Liaison Office

Liaison offices include government-to-government offices lacking either diplomatic or consular status under the VCDR or VCCR, or other multilateral agreement conferring diplomatic or consular status. In some cases such missions may enjoy diplomatic status by virtue of a bilateral agreement independently of the applicability of the VCDR or VCCR. This category explicitly includes subnational government offices abroad. Examples include:

  • State of Virginia Office in New Delhi, India (subnational office);
  • Representative Offices of Tatarstan and of Dagestan in Baku, Azerbaijan (subnational offices);
  • Representative Office of Southern Ossetia in Rome, Italy (state with limited recognition, not recognized in the receiving state);
  • American Institute in Taiwan, Taipei, Taiwan, and Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, Washington, D.C.;[1]
  • the former U.S. Liaison Office in Beijing, China, which operated as a pseudo-embassy before full diplomatic relations were established;
  • Taliban Office in Doha, Qatar.

See also

  • office=government - An office of a supra-national, national, regional or local government agency or department
  • office=ngo - An office of a non-governmental organisation (NGO)
  • See for example “22 U.S. Code § 3303 - Application to Taiwan of laws and international agreements”. . The VCDR does not apply to U.S.-Taiwan relations because the two parties do not officially recognize each other, but the U.S. Congress passed a law saying in effect that the VCDR's rules apply as if the two parties did recognize each other.