|office = diplomatic|
|An embassy, diplomatic mission, consulate or liaison office of a foreign government or parastatal entity in a host country.|
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The tag office=diplomatic is used to map an embassy, consulate, or liaison 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 treaties 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
- 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, residence]
- liaison=* with key values of [liaison_office, representative_office, subnational];
Mappers may optionally apply
- diplomatic:services:non-immigrant_visas=yes/no - Availability of non-immigrant visa services (such as tourist and short-term student or business visas) at the facility
- diplomatic:services:immigrant_visas=yes/no - Availability of immigrant visa services (for permanent residence in the sending country) at the facility
- diplomatic:services:citizen_services=yes/no - Availability of passport and other document services, for citizens of the sending country of the diplomatic office
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.
|These are the secondary additional tags for the office=diplomatic key/tag combination.|
|diplomatic||embassy||Diplomatic missions headed by ambassadors or equivalently ranked chiefs of mission.|
|diplomatic||consulate||Consulates and consular agencies or offices, including honorary consuls.|
|diplomatic||liaison||Government-to-government offices lacking either diplomatic or consular status under the VCDR or VCCR, explicitly includes subnational government offices abroad.|
|These are the tertiary tag values for the office=diplomatic key/tag combination.|
|embassy||yes||Bears a sign labeling it as an embassy and is headed by an ambassador.|
|embassy||branch_embassy||Branch of an embassy headed by a diplomat below ambassadorial rank; may be in or outside the city where the embassy chancery is located. It may be signed as a trade office or cultural center.|
|embassy||delegation||Bears a sign labeling it as a delegation and is headed by an ambassador.|
|embassy||high_commission||Bears a sign labeling it as a high commission and is headed by a high commissioner.|
|embassy||interests_section||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||Diplomatic mission to or from a multilateral organization such as the United Nations.|
|embassy||nunciature||Diplomatic mission from the Vatican, headed by a nuncio.|
|embassy||residence||Official residence of an ambassador or other diplomatic chief of mission.|
|consulate||yes||Consulate headed by a consul,bearing a sign identifying it as a consulate.|
|consulate||consular_agency||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||An office offering limited consular services.|
|consulate||consulate_general||Headed by a consul general; may be as large as an embassy.|
|consulate||honorary_consul||Host-country national who offers limited services on behalf of a foreign country.|
|consulate||residence||Official residence of a consul or consul general.|
|liaison||liaison_office||Unaccredited office of a country lacking full diplomatic recognition of the host country.|
|liaison||representative_office||Unaccredited office of a shadow government.|
|liaison||subnational||Non-diplomatic office of a subnational (provincial or state) government.|
Three additional optional tags describing available services may be applied:
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. In rare instances, a "branch embassy office" may operate in another city that is not a consulate. The United States government has maintained such offices in Mostar and Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 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
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 offices include government-to-government offices lacking either diplomatic or consular status under the VCDR or VCCR, or other multilateral agreements conferring diplomatic or consular status. In some cases, such missions may enjoy diplomatic status under 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 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.;
- 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.
- 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.