What is the difference between Embassy | Consulate | High Commission

What is the difference between Embassy Consulate High Commission

What is the difference between Embassy, Consulate & High Commission

Often we will be hearing the terms Embassy, Consulate & High Commission. Sometimes we get confused and treat as synonyms, but in real these terms carry different definition altogether. The term Embassy carry more weight when compared with Consulate & High Commission. Embassy are permanent in nature and will be only one per country where as Consulate & High Commission be more than one.

What is a Embassy: 

Embassy is a diplomatic mission with a group of people from one country present in another state to represent the origin country & permanent in nature. In general terms Embassy is a office of one country present in the capital of another country. There person who is representing and being represented known as Ambassador of the respective country. The Ambassador is the highest official in the rank of Embassy and Chief Diplomat and spokesperson for the Embassy. When both countries mutually agree to maintain good foreign relations and provide assistance to travelling citizens of other country and vice verse they allow each other to establish Embassy in respective countries.

What is a Consulate: 

To say in general terms Consulate in mini version of Embassy and in general located more than one state of respective country where Embassy is established. Consulates are opened mostly in tourist places where people mostly travel from, but Consulate cannot be established in Capital City. In Consulates the person who is in charge are known as Consular’s and entrusted with different jobs in consulate. The consular’s responsibilities may extend up to decision authority of the consulate.

What is a High Commission:

It is a alternative word of Embassy. Where all the Commonwealth countries representatives like above call them as “High Commissioner” & “Deputy High Commissioners”. The High Commission act like a Embassy or Consulate in case of emergency like arrests, hospitalization or loss of passports. The power vest in the hands of High Commissioner who will run the entire show.

To say the role of High Commission & Embassy is one and the same, which are established in foreign land to carry out necessary activities as per the directives received from origin country.

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