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FEDERAL LAW OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

of July 5, 2010 No. 154-FZ

Consular charter of the Russian Federation

(as amended on 26-07-2019)

Accepted by the State Duma on June 18, 2010

Approved by the Federation Council on June 23, 2010

This Federal Law determines the legal basis of implementation of consular activities, the right and obligation of consular officials by protection of the rights and interests of the Russian Federation, citizens of the Russian Federation and the Russian legal entities outside the Russian Federation.

Chapter 1. General provisions

Article 1. Main objectives of consular activities

1. Consular activities are performed for the purpose of protection of the rights and interests of the Russian Federation, acceptance of measures by the Russian Federation to that citizens of the Russian Federation and the Russian legal entities had the rights outside the Russian Federation, set by the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the conventional principles and rules of international law, international treaties which participants are the Russian Federation and the state of stay, the legislation of the Russian Federation and the legislation of the state of stay.

2. Consular activities are directed to assistance to development good-neighbourhood and friendship of the Russian Federation with other states, to expansion of commercial, commercial, scientific and technical, cultural and other relations.

Article 2. Legal basis of implementation of consular activities

Consular activities are performed according to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the conventional principles and rules of international law, international treaties of the Russian Federation, this Federal Law, other regulatory legal acts of the Russian Federation taking into account the legislation of the state of stay.

Article 3. Establishment of the consular relations

1. Establishment of the consular relations of the Russian Federation with other states is performed by mutual consent.

2. Consent to establishment of diplomatic relations between two states means, unless otherwise specified, consent to establishment of the consular relations.

Article 4. Implementation of consular activities

1. Consular activities are performed by consular establishments of the Russian Federation (further - consular establishments) and consular departments of diplomatic representations of the Russian Federation.

2. Consular activities within the powers established by international treaties of the Russian Federation and regulatory legal acts of the Russian Federation are performed by the federal executive body knowing questions of foreign affairs.

Article 5. Consular functions

1. Consular functions are understood as powers of consular establishments and consular departments of diplomatic representations of the Russian Federation of protection of the rights and interests of the Russian Federation, citizens of the Russian Federation and the Russian legal entities outside the Russian Federation.

2. Treat consular functions:

1) consideration of questions of citizenship of the Russian Federation and execution of decisions concerning citizenship of the Russian Federation within the powers established by the legislation of the Russian Federation;

2) registration and issue of identity documents of the citizen of the Russian Federation outside the Russian Federation, temporary identity documents of the citizen of the Russian Federation and granting the right to entrance (return) to the Russian Federation, and also documents for entry into the Russian Federation and departure from the Russian Federation foreign citizens and stateless persons (further - the Russian visas), entering of necessary changes into the specified documents, their withdrawal or cancellation according to the procedure, stipulated by the legislation the Russian Federation;

3) implementation of accounting of the citizens of the Russian Federation who are temporarily or constantly living in the territory of the consular district;

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