Vienna Convention on Consular Relations

Coming into Force19 Mar 1967
CitationUNTS v. 596 (p.261)
Registration Number8638
Registration Date08 Jun 1967
Date of Conclusion24 Apr 1963
Party submitting the application for registrationex officio
Subject TermsDiplomatic and consular relations
DepositarySecretary-General of the United Nations
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No.
8638
ARGENTINA,
AUSTRALIA,
AUSTRIA,
BELGIUM,
BOLIVIA,
etc.
Vienna
Convention
on
Consular
Relations.
Done
at
Vienna,
on
24
April
1963
Official
texts:
English, French,
Chinese,
Russian
and
Spanish.
Registered
ex
officio
on
8
June
1967.
ARGENTINE,
AUSTRALIE,
AUTRICHE, BELGIQUE,
BOLIVIE,
etc.
Convention
de
Vienne
sur
les
relations consulaires.
Faite
Vienne,
le
24 avril
1963
Textes
officiels
anglais,
fi
ançais,
chinois,
russe
et
espagnol.
Enregistrée
d'office
le
8
juin
1967.
262
United
Nations
Treaty
Series
1967
No.
8638.
VIENNA
CONVENTION
1
ON
CONSULAR
RELA
TIONS.
DONE
AT
VIENNA,
ON
24
APRIL
1963
The
States
Parties
to
the
present Convention,
Recalling
that
consular
relations
have
been
established
between
peoples
since
ancient
times,
Having
in
mind
the
Purposes
and
Principles
of
the Charter
of
the
United
Nation
concerning
the
sovereign
equality
of
States,
the
maintenance
of
interna
tional
peace
and
security,
and
the
promotion
of
friendly
relations
among
nations,
Considering
that
the
United
Nations
Conference
on
Diplomatic
Intercourse
and
Immunities
adopted
the
which
was
opened
for
signature
on
18
April
1961,
2
Believing
that
an
international
convention
on
consular
relations,
privileges
and
immunities
would
also
contribute
to
the
development
of
friendly
relations
among
nations,
irrespective
of
their
differing
constitutional
and
social
systems,
Realizing
that
the purpose
of
such
privileges
and
immunities
is
not
to
benefit
individuals
but
to
ensure
the
efficient
performance
of
functions
by
consular
posts
on
behalf
of
their
respective
States,
Affirming
that
the
rules
of
customary
international
law
continue
to
govern
matters not
expressly
regulated
by
the
provisions
of
the
present
Convention,
Have
agreed
as
follows
:
Article
1
DEFINITIONS
1.
For
the
purposes
of
the
present
Convention,
the
following
expressions
shall
have
the
meanings
hereunder
assigned
to
them
:
1
The
Convention
was
adopted
on
22
April
1963
by
the
United
Nations
Conference
on
Consular
Relations
held
at
the
Neue
Hofburg
in
Vienna,
Austria,
from
4
March
to
22
April
1963.
The
Conference
also
adopted
the
Optional
Protocol
concerning
Acquisition
of
Nationality,
the
Op
tional
Protocol
concerning
the
Compulsory
Settlement
of
Disputes,
the
Final
Act
and
three
resolu
tions
annexed
to
that
Act
(see
pp.
469,
487
and
458,
respectively,
of
this
volume).
The
Convention
and
the
two
Protocols
were
deposited
with
the
Secretary-General
of
the
United
Nations.
The
Final
Act,
by
unanimous
decision
of
the
Conference,
was
deposited
in
the
archives
of
the
Federal
Ministry
for
Foreign
Affairs
of
Austria.
The
text
of
the
Final
Act and
of
the
annexed
resolutions
is
published
for
the
purpose
of
information
on
p.
458
of
this
volume.
For
the
proceedings
of
the
Conference,
see
United
Nations
Conference
on
Consular
Relations,
Official
Records,
Vol.
I
and
II
(United
Nations
Publications,
Sales
Nos.
63.X.2
and
64.X.1).
The
Convention,
in
accordance
with
article
77,
came
into
force on
19
March
1967,
the
thirtieth
day
following
the
date
of
deposit
of
the
twenty-second
instrument
of
ratification
or
accession.
For
the
list
of
States
on
behalf
of
which
the
instruments
of
ratification
or
accession
were
deposited
as
at
the
date
of
registration
of
the
Convention,
see
p.
454
of
this
volume.
United
Nations,
Treaty
Series, Vol.
500,
p.
95.
264
United
Nations
Treaty
Series
1967
(a)
"
consular
post
"
means
any
consulate-general,
consulate,
vice-consulate
or
consular
agency;
(b)
"
consular
district
"
means
the
area
assigned
to
a
consular
post
for
the
exercise
of
consular
functions;
(c)
"
head
of
consular
post
"
means
the
person
charged
with
the
duty
of
acting in
that
capacity;
(d)
"
consular
officer
"
means
any
person,
including
the
head
of
a
consular
post,
entrusted
in
that
capacity
with
the
exercise
of
consular
functions
;
(e)
"
consular
employee
"
means
any
person
employed
in
the
administrative
or
technical
service
of
a
consular
post
;
(/)
"
member
of
the
service
staff
"
means
any
person
employed
in
the
domes
tic
service
of
a
consular
post
;
(g)
"
members
of
the
consular
post
"
means
consular
officers,
consular
employees
and
members
of
the
service staff;
(A)
"
members
of
the
consular
staff
"
means
consular
officers,
other
than
the
head
of
a
consular
post,
consular
employees
and
members
of
the
service
staff;
(i)
"
member
of
the
private
staff
"
means
a
person
who
is
employed
exclu
sively
in
the
private
service
of
a
member
of
the
consular
post
;
(/)
"
consular
premises
"
means
the
buildings
or
parts
of
buildings
and
the
land
ancillary
thereto,
irrespective
of
ownership,
used
exclusively
for
the
purposes
of
the
consular
post
;
(k)
"
consular
archives
"
includes
all
the
papers,
documents,
correspond
ence,
books,
films,
tapes and
registers
of
the
consular
post,
together
with
the
ciphers
and
codes,
the
card-indexes
and
any
article
of
furniture
intended
for
their
protection
or
safekeeping.
2.
Consular
officers
are
of
two
categories,
namely
career
consular
officers
and
honorary
consular
officers.
The
provisions
of
Chapter
II
of
the
present
Con
vention
apply to
consular
posts
headed
by
career
consular
officers
;
the
provisions
of
Chapter
III
govern
consular
posts
headed
by
honorary
consular
officers.
3.
The
particular
status
of
members
of
the
consular
posts
who
are
nationals
or
permanent
residents
of
the
receiving
State
is
governed
by
Article
71
of
the
present
Convention.
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