A consulate general is a consular mission abroad of a sovereign state that is organized independently (independent of the consular section of the embassy ). Like any consular authority, the consulate general does not perform any diplomatic tasks, but primarily represents the interests of the citizens of the sending state in the receiving state in the district assigned to it. This includes, among other things, the acceptance of name declarations, the issuance of passports or assistance for own citizens in need. In addition, travel and visa matters are processed by nationals of the receiving state who wish to travel to the sending state. In addition, other administrative tasks relating to the relationships between citizens, institutions or authorities of the two countries are carried out.
The head of the consulate general is a professional consul and is called the consul general, and a chancellor usually assists him as head of administration . The consul general does not necessarily have to be a citizen of the country he represents. Unlike with honorary honorary consuls , this is the rule with professional consuls. In larger countries there can be several consulates general from one sending state.
- Directory of the representations of the Federal Republic of Germany abroad and the honorary consuls (PDF; 616 kB)
- SR 0.191.02 Vienna Convention of April 24, 1963 on Consular Relations. Retrieved March 24, 2019 .