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Honorary Consulate and Diplomatic Passport

It must be noted that many fraudulent and scam web-sites in the Internet offer Diplomatic Appointments and Diplomatic Passports. Experts of Elma Global who have some practical experience in providing legal service for prospective Honorary Consuls are very skeptical about these offers. Diplomatic Positions even in the undeveloped and in the poorest countries are normally meant for career diplomats who enjoy full immunity and full privileges and not for businessmen. Nevertheless, there is no smoke without fire. Surprisingly enough the appointment of Honorary Consuls with many privileges is legally possible in some cases. A foreign government which feels that some form of representation in another country is desirable to complement the activities of its Embassy or Consulate may appoint a person who has not hitherto been part of their diplomatic service to fulfill this role.

Honorary Consul may combine the position with his own commercial and business activities, and in some instances may not even be a citizen of the sending country. Such consular appointments are usually given the title of Honorary Consul. These Honorary Consuls are not career officials of the represented state. Some of them are locally-engaged staff with the nationality of the sending country, and in smaller cities, or in cities that are very distant from full-time diplomatic missions.

Notwithstanding their other roles, Honorary Consular Officers (in the widest use of the term) also have responsibility for the protection of citizens of the appointing country within their Consular District. Thus, particularly within a port town, an Honorary Consul may be called out (at any time, day or night) to attend to the well-being of a citizen of the appointing country who has been arrested. Their role of Honorary Consuls in this situation is to ensure that the arrested persons are treated in a like manner as would be the citizen of the country in which this person was arrested, and understand their rights and obligations.

Tasks and Duties of Honorary Consuls:

Main tasks of Honorary Consuls include the enhancement of bilateral relations in trade, economy, culture and science between the sending country and the country of your citizenship or permanent residence. The Honorary Consulate helps with the economic and trade cooperation and with the expansion of business from the country of citizenship in the country of representation. Another important task is the support of the development of the international relations, the representation and perception of the interests of the country you represent, and give assistance and consular protection for country of representation citizens and institutions. The Honorary Consulate supports the work of the Embassy of the country of representation and informs the sending country on the economic, political, cultural, and social life of the country of citizenship or permanent residence of the Honorary Consul. As an Honorary Consul, it is also your task to contribute to the traditionally friendly and multilateral relations between the countries and their people, and to represent the interests of the sending country and its citizens. In these strivings, you can always count with the support of the Embassy of the country of representation and its Consulates.

Benefits, Advantages, and Privileges

As part of their status, Honorary Consuls may expect some benefits and privileges. One can travel through diplomatic channels as a VIP-person, often without visas. Volvo and some other brands are giving big discounts for diplomatic persons. An appointment as the Honorary Consul of a foreign country is a source of considerable social prestige among the city’s elite. Your mansion can bear the represented country’s coat of arms. Also, some applicants use the diplomatic status to set up a nice trade with good profits for both ends; strictly speaking this is not part of consular work but possible because the position is unpaid and the business is not prohibited.

Privileges could include:

  1. Opportunity to meet government officials and be involved in diplomatic circles.
  2. Diplomatic Immunity – under International Law (with some limitations).
  3. No tax liability on any income arising from consular activities.
  4. Usage of Diplomatic channels at airports, no time delaying and annoying customs checks.
  5. Unlimited entry and exit privileges from host country for business and personal travel.
  6. Opportunity to use some of the advantages for business purposes that will increase your social status.
  7. Free Diplomatic vehicle license plates (Special color of the plate).
  8. Other advantages.

Eligibility Criteria

Honorary Consul Appointments are for reputable and respected persons, generally for high-net-worth individuals with a valuable network of connections in local business community. Honorary Consul must be able to offer the sending country benefits in return for their appointment.

If you meet with the conditions of the sending country it normally sends a Diplomatic Note with offer to appoint an Honorary Consul. Then if you meet with the conditions of your country of citizenship, the Foreign Affairs Ministry of your country can agree or refuse on a consular representation in your city and give you the Exequatur to confirm your status of an Honorary Consul. At the same time the sending state gives you Consular Commission (or Consular Patent) and Consular Corps ID-card. If accredited by the Foreign Affairs Ministry in your country of citizenship or permanent residence, the Honorary Consulate of the country you represent will be headed and led by you. It will be a ticket for a new life.

We are aware of several Governments that could be interested in appointing Honorary Consuls should the appropriate candidate appear. The legal assistance fee will be negotiated individually with candidates who send their CV. In case you are interested, please, send us your CV for consideration.  Contact us today

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