Diplomatic Passport Programs

Diplomatic Passports – We are able to obtain Diplomatic Passports from more than one substantial Latin American Nation. This is not an honorary Diplomatic Passport which carries no immunity and practically no privileges. We are talking full “Class A” Diplomatic Passports with full privileges afforded to diplomats. To be such a Diplomat you need to be a citizen of the issuing country which is part of the process 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 key provisions. For a comprehensive enumeration of all articles, consult the original text which can be found by searching 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 the diplomatic staff to be persona non grata. The sending state must recall this person within a reasonable 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 not be entered by the host country except by permission of the head of the mission. Furthermore, the host country must protect the mission from intrusion or damage. The host country must never search the premises, nor seize its documents or property. Article 30 extends this provision to the private residence of the diplomats. Article 27. The host country must permit and protect free communication between the diplomats of the mission and their home country. A diplomatic bag must never be opened even on suspicion of abuse. A diplomatic courier must never be arrested or detained. Article 29. Diplomats must not be liable to any form of arrest or detention. They are immune from civil 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 from most customs duties. Article 31.1c Actions not covered by diplomatic immunity: professional activity outside diplomat's official functions. Article 37. The family members of a diplomat that are living in the host country enjoy most of the same protections as the diplomats themselves.

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Diplomatic Passport Benefits – One big benefit is being allowed to use the diplomatic channels at airports. This will mean far more courteous, fast and efficient treatment. If stopped in a foreign land at a checkpoint, 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 will usually be over in a minute or less. Receiving a traffic citation would be against the UN Treaty. As a diplomat you are not subject to due process. No being served with lawsuits, subpoenas, orders to appear etc. You can add your names to the guest lists of the various embassies in the country you are in. They will normally 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 a diplomatic 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 treatment with restaurants and clubs as well. For instance getting a table without a reservation. Some amusements parks may offer special treatment for a diplomat like a guide to take you to the attractions and shows bypassing the lines. It might work at a large sporting event as well.

Diplomatic Credentials – You will receive a letter of posting to the country of choice. This will give you diplomatic immunity in that country as well as when involved in related travel. You cannot be posted to a country you are a resident or citizen of. We do not post to the USA, Canada or the UK. Recalling A Diplomat and Diplomatic Status Revocation – Your status as a diplomat can only be revoked by the country that issued you the diplomatic passport. A country you are in can ask that you be declared Persona Non Grata and have you recalled out of that country. For this to happen you would need to create problems in that country. A type of complaint for diplomats is drunk driving. If the police in a foreign land pull over a drunk driver who is a diplomat they are not going to turn him lose to continue driving and kill himself or others. This would be wrong. They would get into options like please let us drive you in your car where you are going. If you start to become known to the local police for engaging in such behavior you could be declared Persona Non Grata and expelled from the country. Usually would need to be a series of such events. If a serious crime is committed (think major crime against person) then the country can request that the diplomatic status of the diplomat be revoked allowing them to arrest the person responsible for harming another. This has occurred in cases involving murder and rape. The country can agree to this which is rare or recall the diplomat out of that country. The diplomatic privileges are enjoyable and convenient but no country is going to allow abuse of the diplomatic status. The normal remedy is to have you declared Persona Non Grata and expelled from the country. You have to behave as a privileged guest in their country and not lose sight of that. Below are some recent instances of a diplomat being declared Persona Non Grata. You can see it is usually a most serious incident that provokes such action. On April 5, 2011, the Ecuador Ministry declared U.S. Ambassador Heather Hodges persona non grata after she did not provide sufficient answers about a leaked diplomatic cable related to Ecuador. In retaliation the U.S. declared the Ecuadorean Ambassador Luis Gallegos persona non grata on April 7, 2011 On May 1, 2011 The Libyan ambassador to the United Kingdom, Omar Jelban, was given 24 hours to leave the country after Foreign Secretary William Hague said he was "persona non grata". The expulsion was in response to attacks on British embassy premises in Tripoli following reports of the death of Col Gaddafi's son in a Nato air strike Under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, Article 9, a receiving State may "at any time and without having to explain its decision" declare any member of a diplomatic staff persona non grata. If this happens said diplomat is usually recalled to his or her home nation. Diplomatic immunity protects diplomats from prosecution for violating civil and criminal laws. This can vary based on type of diplomat. The type of credentials we offer has all the immunity. Articles 41 and 42 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations state that the diplomat in bound to respect national laws and regulations. A government can declare a non diplomat as Persona Non Grata. In fact this happened in March of 2011 in Panama. The Panama City Council declared Donald Trump Persona Non Grata for his comment that giving the Panama Canal away for nothing was stupid. This will prove interesting because Trump is supposed to come to the grand opening of Trump Tower in Panama City, Panama. Visa Free Travel – The nations issuing the passport will have visa free travel to 90+ countries including the entire European Union, Central and South America, Caribbean Island Nations and parts of Asia and Africa. If the passport normally requires a visa you can often enter without a visa using the diplomatic passport. It is country specific and there is no firm rule for this. You could still be required to have a visa with a diplomatic passport but often they will grant an exception as a courtesy to a diplomat. Prohibitions – Do not expect to enter a country that you are a resident or citizen of using a diplomatic

passport from another nation. To do this correctly you must have permission from the country you are a resident or citizen of. This is something rarely ever granted. The USA, Canada and the UK are very difficult nations to enter as a diplomat with immunity irrespective if you are a resident, citizen or not. They require all sorts of documents, letters, approvals and so forth. Consider these three nations places you will not be traveling to as a diplomat. Time Frame – You must come to the issuing country for about 3-4 days at onset of the application process. You are then free to leave the country. The time required is going to be approximately 60 days. At the end of the process you must return for another 3-4 days to complete the process. You have to appear in the country physically twice, once at onset of the application and once upon completion. Term of Passport – The diplomatic passport is issued for five years. Renewing your diplomatic passport will be something addressed when it expires or shortly before. There is no guarantee of renewal of the diplomatic passport. Since you are a citizen you will be able to get a regular passport for life from the issuing country. Fees – The fee is $95,000 complete including an official government letter of posting to one country. Perhaps your affairs require you to conduct business in more than one country. Additional letters of posting to arrange for full diplomatic immunity in another country can be arranged for an additional $12,500 per letter. We can proceed with a down payment of 50% and the balance upon completion. Payment is by wire transfer. Questions – We are happy to answer questions. The countries we are dealing with are substantial well respected democratic free countries in Latin America. They are not Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Venezuela or Bolivia. We exercise discretion in naming the nations.

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