What is an Embassy?

An embassy is the headquarters for a country’s diplomatic business and affairs within the borders of another nation. The embassy is usually located in the capital city of a foreign nation, and the consulates may be located in major cities or points of strategic interest. The consulate is headed by a Consul General who reports to the Ambassador. They are usually able to do many of the same things as an Embassy. Embassies and Consulates have a special status abroad. They remain the territory of the host state, however an embassy or consulate represents a sovereign state. International policy does not allow representatives of the host country to enter an embassy without permission. This means that even for emergencies, they must have permission to enter. Embassies and consulates issue visas and offer some passport services. They also serve as a way to help their citizens while abroad. Embassies and consulates work with local governments, businesses and nongovernmental organizations. They seek to create positive experiences in regards to U.S. policy and the U.S. in general. The embassy and consulate staff also report on political and economic issues that impact the U.S.

 

Find the U.S. Embassies and Consulates near you.

Embassies and Consulates

Use the government site to search for an embassy or consulate near you.

 

SOUTH & CENTRAL ASIA

Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions

 

NEAR EAST

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EUROPE-EURASIA

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EAST ASIA-PACIFIC

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AFRICA

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WESTERN HEMISPHERE

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