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LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA

of June 7, 1996 No. ZR-61

About Consular service

(as amended on 16-02-2021)

Accepted by National assembly of the Republic of Armenia on May 29, 1996

Section I. Organization and tasks of consular establishments of the Republic of Armenia

Chapter 1. General provisions

Article 1. The concepts used in this Law have the following values:

a) consular establishment - consulate general, consulate, vice-consulate, the consular agency, and also consular departments of bodies of diplomatic service;

b) the head of consular establishment - person, it is entrusted to them to be effective in this position;

c) consular official person - any person, including also the head of consular establishment to whom accomplishment of consular functions in this position is entrusted;

d) the staff of consular establishment - persons which are carrying out the administrative, technical obligations or works connected with servicing in consular establishment;

e) the consular district - the district allocated to consular establishment for accomplishment of consular functions.

Article 2. Consular establishments of the Republic of Armenia protect in foreign states the rights and legitimate interests of the Republic of Armenia, her citizens and legal entities.

Consular establishments promote development of friendship and expansion of versatile bonds of the Republic of Armenia with other states.

Article 3. Consular establishments are structural divisions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia in foreign states.

Article 4. Consular establishments in the activities are guided by international treaties which participants are the Republic of Armenia and the state of stay, the universally international standards and the principles, the international customs, this Law and other legal acts of the Republic of Armenia.

Article 5. The consular relations arise along with diplomatic relations, and in the absence of the last - by means of special interstate agreements.

Severance of diplomatic relations in itself does not lead to the termination of the consular relations.

Article 6. In the states where the Republic of Armenia has no diplomatic representations, the head of consular establishment with the consent of the state of stay can perform also diplomatic functions.

Article 7. The class of consular establishment, its location and the consular district will be approved with the state of stay.

Article 8. The consular establishment has seal with the image of the State Emblem of the Republic of Armenia and with the name of organization (in Armenian, in language of the state of stay and if necessary in other languages).

Article 9. On the building occupied by consular establishment National flag of the Republic of Armenia, board with the image of the State Emblem of the Republic of Armenia and the name of organization becomes stronger (in Armenian, in language of the state of stay and if necessary in other languages).

The head of consular establishment has the right to strengthen National flag of the Republic of Armenia on the residence, and also on the vehicles.

Chapter 2. Personnel of consular establishment and procedure for appointment of the head of consular establishment

Article 10. Consulate generals, consulates, vice-consulates and the consular agencies are headed respectively by consuls general, consuls, vice consuls and heads of the consular agencies.

Article 11. Managers of consular departments of diplomatic representations can perform functions of the consul general or consul.

Staff of consular department is considered as the staff of diplomatic representation and uses the corresponding privileges.

The manager of consular department accepts the consular powers without patent and consent (exequatur).

Article 12. Consular establishments submit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia and are effective under common political directorship of the head of diplomatic representation of the Republic of Armenia in adoptive state.

Article 13. Consular officials and the staff of consular establishment are in public service in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia.

Article 14. The citizen of the Republic of Armenia can only be the head of consular establishment.

Article 15. The head of consular establishment is appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia. The head of consular establishment is considered appointed to position after receipt of the consular patent with the signature of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The consular patent is submitted in the government of the state of stay.

Article 16. The head of consular establishment starts execution of the obligations after receipt of consent (exequatur) of the state of stay.

Article 17. If the head of consular establishment of any reason cannot perform the functions or the position of the head of consular establishment is temporarily vacant, then execution of its obligations is assigned to other official of the same or other consular establishment of the Republic of Armenia in the state of stay or on one of members of diplomatic staff of diplomatic representation of the Republic of Armenia in this state.

Chapter 3. Procedure for accomplishment of consular functions

Article 18. The head of consular establishment performs the consular functions assigned to it personally or assigns them to other consular official.

Article 19. The head of consular establishment of the Republic of Armenia can be accredited to any third state from mutual consent of the Republic of Armenia and this state.

The head of consular establishment can perform consular functions on behalf of the third state in the presence of the corresponding arrangement between this state and the Republic of Armenia and with the consent of the state of stay.

Article 20. The head of consular establishment can communicate with competent authorities of the state of stay in limits of the consular district on all questions connected with activities of consular establishment.

Article 21. Actions of consular officials and staff of organization can be appealed according to the procedure, stipulated by the legislation the Republic of Armenia.

Section II. Functions of the head of consular establishment in the field of protection of the rights and interests of citizens and legal entities of the Republic of Armenia

Chapter 4. General provisions

Article 22. The head of consular establishment shall take measures to that citizens and legal entities of the Republic of Armenia had all rights granted to them by the legislation of the state of stay and international treaties which participants are the Republic of Armenia and the state of stay, and also the international standards and customs.

The head of consular establishment shall accept from citizens and legal entities of the Republic of Armenia, and also foreign citizens both written, and oral statements, to accept and discuss the submitted petitions in the procedure established by the law.

Article 22.1. The head of consular establishment shall issue references in the cases established by the legislation of the Republic of Armenia and procedure.

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