Diplomatic and Consular Missions and Protocol in the receiving State

Diplomatic agents and members of their families enjoy, in the receiving state, privileges and immunities accorded to them under international law and the legislation of the receiving state.

At the same time, they are all bound to respect the laws and administrative regulations, as well as the tradition and customs of the receiving state, and they should refrain from any acts “which might be construed as interfering in the internal affairs of the receiving state”.

Protocol also means the initial contact with the officials of the receiving state. Protocol is the one that grants the diplomatic and consular missions and their staff appropriate treatment and prerogatives granted to them under the VCDR, VCCR and the domestic regulations and practices; it also accords them the immunities and privileges they are entitled to, as well as ensures an unimpeded exercise of their functions. Therefore, the common rule is that “a good relationship should be maintained with the Protocol”. All members of the staff play a role in it. Their duty is to grasp, as soon as possible, the structure and machinery of the operation of services in the receiving state, including people who perform these jobs (Protocol, police, airport, customs services, etc.). Account should be taken of small courtesy gestures for Christmas, New Year, invitations to cocktail, receptions or functions, tea/coffee parties. Anything that does not look or sound like bribe and has an appropriate measure may be taken into consideration in this respect

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