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VIENNA CONVENTION

of April 24, 1963

About the consular intercourses

The states which are the parties of this Convention

noting that the consular relations were established between the people since ancient times,

in view of the purposes and the principles of Articles of organization of the United Nations concerning sovereign equality of the states, maintenance of international peace and safety and assistance to development of friendship between the states,

considering that the Conference of the United Nations on the diplomatic intercourses and immunities accepted the Vienna Convention on the diplomatic intercourses which was open for signing on April 18, 1961,

being convinced that the conclusion of the international convention about the consular intercourses, privileges and immunities will also promote development of friendship between the states, irrespective of distinctions in their political and social order,

understanding that such privileges and immunities are provided not for benefits of individuals, and for ensuring effective implementation of functions by consular establishments on behalf of their states,

confirming that regulations of customary international law continue to regulate the questions which are directly not provided by provisions of this Convention

agreed as follows:

Article 1 of Determination

1. In this Convention the stated below terms have the following value:

a) "consular establishment" means any consulate general, consulate, vice-consulate or the consular agency;

b) "the consular district" means the area allocated to consular establishment for accomplishment of consular functions;

c) "the head of consular establishment" means person, it is entrusted to them to be effective in this quality;

d) "the consular official" means any person, including the head of consular establishment to whom accomplishment of consular functions is entrusted in this quality;

e) "the consular employee" means any person which is carrying out administrative or technical obligations in consular establishment;

f) "the worker of service personnel" means any person which is carrying out obligations on servicing of consular establishment;

g) "employees of consular establishment" means consular officials, consular employees and workers of service personnel;

h) "workers of consular personnel" means consular officials (except for heads of consular establishment), and also consular employees and workers of service personnel;

i) "the private house worker" means person who is only in the private service of the employee of consular establishment;

j) "consular rooms" means the buildings used only for the purposes of consular establishment or parts of buildings and the parcel of land servicing this building or parts of buildings, coma the property right to them belonged;

k) "consular archives" include all papers, documents, correspondence, books, movies, tapes of sound recording and registers of consular establishment together with the codes and codes, card-indexes and any furnishings intended for ensuring their safety or storage.

2. There are two categories of consular officials, namely: regular consular officials and honourable consular officials. Provisions of Chapter II of this Convention extend to the consular establishments headed by regular consular officials; provisions of Chapter III extend to the consular establishments headed by honourable consular officials.

3. The status of the employees of consular establishments who are citizens of the state of stay or constantly living in it is regulated by article 71 of this Convention.

Chapter I. General provisions about the consular intercourses

Section I. Establishment and implementation of the consular intercourses

Article 2 Establishment of the Consular Relations

1. Establishment of the consular relations between the states is performed by mutual consent.

2. Consent this on establishment of diplomatic relations between two states means if other is not stipulated, consent to establishment of the consular relations.

3. Severance of diplomatic relations does not involve ipso facto of gap of the relations consular.

Article 3 Accomplishment of Consular Functions

Consular functions are performed by consular establishments. They are carried out by also diplomatic representations according to provisions of this Convention.

Article 4 Opening of Consular Establishment

1. The consular establishment can be open in the territory of the state of stay only with the consent of this state.

2. The location of consular establishment, its class and the consular district are determined by the represented state and are subject to approval of stay by the state.

3. Further changes of the location of consular establishment, its class or the consular district can be performed by the represented state only with the consent of the state of stay.

4. The consent of the state of stay is also required if any consulate general or consulate wishes to open vice-consulate or the consular agency not in that settlement where they are.

5. The prior definitely expressed consent of the state of stay is necessary also for opening of the office constituting part of the existing consular establishment out of the location of the last.

Article 5 Consular functions

Consular functions are:

a) protection in the state of stay of interests of the represented state and its citizens (physical persons and legal entity) in the limits allowed by international law;

b) assistance to development of commercial, commercial, cultural and scientific relations between the represented state and the state of stay, and also assistance to development of friendship between them in other ways according to provisions of this Convention;

c) examination in all legal ways of conditions and events in trade, economic, cultural and scientific life of the state of stay, the message on them to the government of the represented state and provision of data to interested persons;

d) issue of passports and travel documents to citizens of the represented state and visas or relevant documents to persons wishing to go to the represented state;

e) assistance and assistance to citizens (physical persons and legal entity) of the represented state;

f) fulfillment of duties of the notary, registrar of acts of civil status and other similar obligations, and also accomplishment of some functions of administrative nature provided that in this case nothing contradicts the laws and rules of the state of stay;

g) protection of interests of citizens (physical persons and legal entity) of the represented state in case of succession of "mortis causa" in the territory of the state of stay according to the laws and rules of the state of stay;

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