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Embassies and Consulates

Here are some websites that list the embassies and consulates of all the countries in the world.  No matter what country you live in, you can get a list of all the embassies and consulates your country maintains in the world.  We also have a website where you can find out your own government's department that handles foreign affairs. That department is called the Department of State or State Department in the United States, but in most other countries, the department is typically called the Department of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Go there for travel information. Your country may legally forbid you to travel to certain countries or you may need special permission.

Americans. For Americans, we also link below to websites that list the foreign embassies and consulates located in the United States. We also link to the U.S. State Department and their Consular Information Sheets on individual countries explains entry and exit requirements for U.S. citizens as well as a lot of other useful information including the latest security and safety information.

Before You Go - Five Things To Check.  You always need to check a few things when planning to travel aboard especially to developing nations. See our Five Things To Check box at the bottom of this page.
  • If you want to find out if you need a visa to visit a certain country, please go to our Passports and Visa page.
  • If you are an American and need a passport, see our Passports and Visa page as well.
  • For travel health information, see our Travel Health page.
  • For background information about Embassies and consulates, see the excellent Wikipedia article on Diplomatic Missions or see our short summary at the bottom of this page. (Embassies and consulate are called diplomatic missions in diplomatic terms.)
You can always go to your own country's Foreign Affairs website to obtain information for traveling to other countries.
Embassy World  An excellent directory of the world's embassies and consulates.  Your country's embassy and consulate websites will be in your native language.  They may also have versions in other languages.
DMOZ Open Directory - Embassies and Consulates of the World  Listed alphabetically by country.
National Governments  This website has comprehensive links to national government websites of most countries of the world.  These typically include the foreign affairs and trade departments of respective countries.
Embassies and Consulates in the United States
Embassy World - Foreign Embassies in the United States  Lists all the embassies and consulates with offices in the United States.
The Electronic Embassy  This site has links to all the websites of embassies in Washington D.C.  Each embassy has a section at their site covering visa requirements for their country. But it is just as easy to hop over to our Passports and Visa page to and then click on a Visa agency that has a master list of all the country visa requirements.   Whatever you prefer!
Washington, D.C. Embassies  This site lists all the foreign embassies in Washington D.C. with links to them.
United States Embassies and Consulates in Other Countries
U.S. Embassies and Consulates Worldwide  This is the U.S. State Department webpage with links to all U.S. embassies and consulates around the world.

Five Things To Check Prior To Leaving Your Country

  • Does your country forbid travel to the country you plan to visit or does it require special permission?
  • Does the country you plan to visit require a visa for citizens of your country?
  • What is the health situation? Do you need any shots?
  • What is the security situation? Are there areas of the country that are dangerous to visit.
  • What are the restrictions about things, including money, that you can bring into or take out of the country?

Your country's department that handles foreign affairs will likely be able to answer these questions. If not you will need to go to the website of the embassy or consulate of the country you plan to visit. Our Passports and Visa page links to websites that list the visa requirements for all the countries of the world, as well as, visa services that will do the paperwork for you to obtain a visa if you do not want to do it yourself. 

All About Embassies and Consulates

A diplomatic mission is a group of people from one country (called a "state") or from an international organization (such as the United Nations) that is present in another country to represent their country's or organization's interests. A permanent diplomatic mission is usually referred to as an embassy, and the person in charge is called the ambassador. A diplomatic mission between the United Kingdom's Commonwealth countries is known as a High Commission and the head of the mission is called a High Commissioner. All missions to the United Nations are known as Permanent Missions and the head of such a mission is typically both a Permanent Representative and an ambassador.  Embassies are typically located in the capital city.
A Consulate or Consulate-General is a representative of the Embassy in locales outside of the capital city and it focuses on assisting their citizens and businesses in the area in which they are located.
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