Diplomatic Passport Programs
– We are able to obtain Diplomatic Passports from more than one substantial LatinAmerican Nation. This is not an honorary Diplomatic Passport which carries no immunity and practicallyno privileges. We are talking full “Class A” Diplomatic Passports with full privileges afforded todiplomats. To be such a Diplomat you need to be a citizen of the issuing country which is part of theprocess and included in the fee. Citizenship is for life. Diplomatic passports are for five years.
UN Treaty for Diplomats
- This is the Treaty that concerns diplomats. This is the rulebook for Diplomats.Some key points of the Treaty are below:The treaty is an extensive document, containing 53 articles. Following is a basic overview of its keyprovisions. For a comprehensive enumeration of all articles, consult the original text which can be found bysearching google for Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961.
Article 9. The host nation may at any time and for any reason declare a particular member of thediplomatic staff to bepersona non grata. The sending state must recall this person within areasonable period of time, or otherwise this person may lose their diplomatic immunity.
Article 22. The premises of a diplomatic mission, such as an embassy, are inviolate and must notbe entered by the host country except by permission of the head of the mission. Furthermore, thehost country must protect the mission from intrusion or damage. The host country must neversearch the premises, nor seize its documents or property. Article 30 extends this provision to theprivate residence of the diplomats.
Article 27. The host country must permit and protect free communication between the diplomatsof the mission and their home country. Adiplomatic bagmust never be opened even on suspicionof abuse. A diplomatic couriermust never be arrested or detained.
Article 29. Diplomats must not be liable to any form of arrest or detention. They are immune fromcivil or criminal prosecution, though the sending country may waive this right under Article 32.Under Article 34, they are exempt from most taxes, and under Article 36 they are exempt frommost customs duties.
Article 31.1c Actions not covered by diplomatic immunity: professional activity outsidediplomat's official functions.
Article 37. The family members of a diplomat that are living in the host country enjoy most of thesame protections as the diplomats themselves.
Diplomatic Passport Benefits
– One big benefit is being allowed to use the diplomatic channels atairports. This will mean far more courteous, fast and efficient treatment. If stopped in a foreign land at acheckpoint, a border crossing, or in a routine traffic stop you will be allowed to pass promptly.International law prohibits the detention of a person carrying diplomatic credentials. A traffic stop willusually be over in a minute or less. Receiving a traffic citation would be against the UN Treaty. As adiplomat you are not subject to due process. No being served with lawsuits, subpoenas, orders to appearetc. You can add your names to the guest lists of the various embassies in the country you are in. They willnormally invite you to parties and social events. This enables one to make invaluable contacts for business.At times hotels, cruise ships, car rental agencies, and airlines may provide upgrades au gratis to one with adiplomatic passport. This is not a 100% scenario. It will vary depending on the country, the hotel, airline,availability of upgrade facilities and so forth. You may be able to use the passport for preferential treatmentwith restaurants and clubs as well. For instance getting a table without a reservation. Some amusementsparks may offer special treatment for a diplomat like a guide to take you to the attractions and showsbypassing the lines. It might work at a large sporting event as well.