Honorary Consular Districts
What is an Honorary Consul?
Between Ambassadors, Consuls General and Honorary Consuls it can be hard to tell the difference. First, it is important to distinguish Ambassadors from Consuls. Unlike Ambassadors, Consuls are emissaries of the government as a whole, not a specific leader thus they are not affiliated with a particular party. However, both are appointed by the sending state, in this case, Latvia and reside in the receiving state, New Zealand. There are multiple levels within the title of Consul as well. The main difference in the title to be noted is between Career Consuls and Honorary Consuls. Career consuls enjoy many of the same diplomatic privileges of Ambassadors, such as diplomatic immunity. Career Consuls also receive a salary of which their Honorary counterparts do not receive. Finally, Career Consuls are able to perform most to all consular duties while Honorary Consuls are limited to the powers granted them by the sending state. Honorary Consuls mainly provide support, advice and aid to citizens of the sending state while Career Consuls provide more official support (consular duties, i.e. passport/visa distribution). If you would like more detailed information on Consuls please see the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations held by the United Nations in 1963.
Please note: The Honorary Consuls in New Zealand do not offer any assistance in obtaining or processing visas or passports or in answering queries about immigration, citizenship, residence, or passport or visa matters. Any such queries should be addressed to the appropriate government agency.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF CONSULS?
CLASSES OF "HEAD OF CONSULAR POST"
CONSULS - GENERAL
VICE - CONSUL
WHO WORKS IN A CONSULAR POST?
Means any person, including the head of a consular post, entrusted in that capacity with the exercise of consular functions.
HEAD OF CONSULAR POST:
Means the person charged with the duty of acting in that capacity. They are appointed by the sending State and are admitted to the exercise of their functions by the receiving State.
Means any person employed in the administrative or technical service of a consular post”
MEMBERS OF THE CONSULAR POST:
Means consular officers, other than the head of a consular post, consular employees and members of the service staff