A Diplomatic Visa is a specialized type of visa issued to individuals who are visiting a country on diplomatic or government assignments. Unlike standard visas, Diplomatic Visas often come with certain privileges and immunities as per international laws.
Purpose: Issued to government representatives, diplomats, and consular officers.
Duration: Duration varies by the terms of the assignment and international agreements.
Privileges: May include expedited processing, no visa fees, and certain legal immunities.
How to Apply
Secure an assignment from your home country's government to a post in the host country.
Request an official diplomatic note from your government, which endorses your status.
Complete the Diplomatic Visa application form. This form often requires added clearance and is different from standard visa forms.
Submit any required supporting documents, which may include a valid diplomatic passport, mission orders, and the diplomatic note.
Await approval, which is often expedited for diplomatic applications.
Can family members also get a Diplomatic Visa?: Yes, immediate family members are generally also issued Diplomatic Visas.
Do I need to pay a fee?: Most countries do not charge visa fees for diplomatic missions.
What happens if my assignment is terminated?: Your Diplomatic Visa will generally be revoked, and you may need to leave the host country.