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Consular Relations Act 1968

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. 1. Application of Vienna Convention.

  3. 2. Restriction of privileges and immunities.

  4. 3. Agreements providing for additional or reduced privileges and immunities.

  5. 4. Civil jurisdiction concerning service on board ship or aircraft.

  6. 5. Jurisdiction over offences committed on board ship.

  7. 6. Detention on board ship for disciplinary offences.

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  9. 8. Refund of customs duty on hydrocarbon oils.

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  11. 10. Right of diplomatic agents and consular officers to administer oaths and do notarial acts in certain cases.

  12. 11. Evidence.

  13. Privileges and immunities in connection with Commonwealth and Irish establishments

    1. 12.(1) Her Majesty may, in relation to any such Commonwealth...

    2. 13. Commonwealth and Irish consular officers.

    3. 14. Orders in Council.

    4. 15. Validation of certain provisions in colonial laws.

    5. 16. Short title, interpretation, commencement and repeal.

  14. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      PROVISIONS OF VIENNA CONVENTION HAVING THE FORCE OF LAW IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

      1. Article 1

        1. 1.For the purposes of the present Convention, the following expressions...

        2. 2.Consular officers are of two categories, namely career consular officers...

        3. 3.The particular status of members of the consular posts who...

      2. CHAPTER I.—CONSULAR RELATIONS IN GENERAL

        1. SECTION I.—ESTABLISHMENT AND CONDUCT OF CONSULAR RELATIONS

          1. Article 5

            1. (a) protecting in the receiving State the interests of the...

          2. Article 15

            1. 1.If the head of a consular post is unable to...

            2. 2.The full name of the acting head of post shall...

            3. 3.The competent authorities of the receiving State shall afford assistance...

            4. 4.When, in the circumstances referred to in paragraph 1 of...

          3. Article 17

            1. 1.In a State where the sending State has no diplomatic...

            2. 2.A consular officer may, after notification addressed to the receiving...

        2. SECTION II.—END OF CONSULAR FUNCTIOns

          1. ARTICLE 27

            1. 1.In the event of the severance of consular relations between...

            2. 2.In the event of the temporary or permanent closure of...

      3. CHAPTER II.—FACILITIES, PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES RELATING TO CONSULAR POSTS, CAREER CONSULAR OFFICERS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF A CONSULAR POST

        1. Section I.—Facilities, Privileges and Immunities relating to a Consular Post

          1. Article 31

            1. 1.Consular premises shall be inviolable to the extent provided in...

            2. 2.The authorities of the receiving State shall not enter that...

            3. 3.Subject to the provisions of paragraph 2 of this Article,...

            4. 4.The consular premises, their furnishings, the property of the consular...

          2. Article 32

            1. 1.Consular premises and the residence of the career head of...

            2. 2.The exemption from taxation referred to in paragraph 1 of...

          3. Article 33

          4. Article 35

            1. 1.The receiving State shall permit and protect freedom of communication...

            2. 2.The official correspondence of the consular post shall be inviolable....

            3. 3.The consular bag shall be neither opened nor detained. Nevertheless,...

            4. 4.The packages constituting the consular bag shall bear visible external...

            5. 5.The consular courier shall be provided with an official document...

            6. 6.The sending State, its diplomatic missions and its consular posts...

            7. 7.A consular bag may be entrusted to the captain of...

          5. Article 39

            1. 1.The consular post may levy in the territory of the...

            2. 2.The sums collected in the form of the fees and...

        2. Section II.—Facilities, Privileges and Immunities relating to Career Consular Officers and other Members of a Consular Post

          1. Article 41

            1. 1.Consular officers shall not be liable to arrest or detention...

            2. 2.Except in the case specified in paragraph 1 of this...

          2. Article 43

            1. 1.Consular officers and consular employees shall not be amenable to...

            2. 2.The provisions of paragraph 1 of this Article shall not,...

          3. Article 44

            1. 1.Members of a consular post may be called upon to...

            2. 2.The authority requiring the evidence of a consular officer shall...

            3. 3.Members of a consular post are under no obligation to...

          4. Article 45

            1. 1.The sending State may waive, with regard to a member...

            2. 2.The waiver shall in all cases be express, except as...

            3. 3.The initiation of proceedings by a consular officer or a...

            4. 4.The waiver of immunity from jurisdiction for the purposes of...

          5. Article 48

            1. 1.Subject to the provisions of paragraph 3 of this Article,...

            2. 2.The exemption provided for in paragraph 1 of this Article...

            3. 3.Members of the consular post who employ persons to whom...

            4. 4.The exemption provided for in paragraphs 1 and 2 of...

          6. Article 49

            1. 1.Consular officers and consular employees and members of their families...

            2. 2.Members of the service staff shall be exempt from dues...

            3. 3.Members of the consular post who employ persons whose wages...

          7. Article 50

            1. 1.The receiving State shall, in accordance with such laws and...

            2. 2.Consular employees shall enjoy the privileges and exemptions specified in...

            3. 3.Personal baggage accompanying consular officers and members of their families...

          8. Article 51

            1. (a) shall permit the export of the movable property of...

          9. Article 52

          10. Article 53

            1. 1.Every member of the consular post shall enjoy the privileges...

            2. 2.Members of the family of a member of the consular...

            3. 3.When the functions of a member of the consular post...

            4. 4.However, with respect to acts performed by a consular officer...

            5. 5.In the event of the death of a member of...

          11. Article 54

            1. 1.If a consular officer passes through or is in the...

            2. 2.In circumstances similar to those specified in paragraph 1 of...

            3. 3.Third States shall accord to official correspondence and to other...

            4. 4.The obligations of third States under paragraphs 1, 2 and...

          12. Article 55

            1. 2.The consular premises shall not be used in any manner...

            2. 3.The provisions of paragraph 2 of this Article shall not...

          13. Article 57

            1. 2.Privileges and immunities provided in this Chapter shall not be...

      4. CHAPTER III.—REGIME RELATING TO HONORARY CONSULAR OFFICERS AND CONSULAR POSTS HEADED BY SUCH OFFICERS

        1. Article 58

          1. 1.Articles .....................35, ......................and 39, paragraph 3 of Article 54 and...

          2. 2.Articles ..........43, paragraph 3 of Article 44, Articles 45 and...

          3. 3.Privileges and immunities provided in the present Convention shall not...

        2. Article 59

          1. Protection of the consular premises

          2. The receiving State shall take such steps as may be...

        3. Article 60

          1. 1.Consular premises of a consular post headed by an honorary...

          2. 2.The exemption from taxation referred to in paragraph 1 of...

        4. Article 61

        5. Article 62

        6. Article 66

        7. Article 67

      5. CHAPTER IV.—GENERAL PROVISIONS

        1. Article 70

          1. 1.The provisions of the present Convention apply also, so far...

          2. 2.The names of members of a diplomatic mission assigned to...

          3. 4.The privileges and immunities of the members of a diplomatic...

        2. Article 71

          1. 1.Except in so far as additional facilities, privileges and immunities...

          2. 2.Other members of the consular post who are nationals of...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      PROVISIONS FOR GIVING EFFECT TO OTHER AGREEMENTS

      1. 1.The like exemption from dues and taxes may be extended...

      2. 2.Paragraph 1 of Article 49 in that Schedule may be...

      3. 3.Paragraph 2 of Article 50 in that Schedule may be...

      4. 4.Articles 29 and 31 in Schedule 1 to the Diplomatic...

      5. 5.Article 22 in Schedule 1 to the Diplomatic Privileges Act...

      6. 6.Article 27 in Schedule 1 to the Diplomatic Privileges Act...

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