Legal Aspects of Diplomatic Immunity and Privileges
This chart outlines the immunities afforded to foreign diplomatic personnel residing in the United States. More detailed information is provided in the publication Diplomatic and Consular Immunity: Guidance for Law Enforcement and Judicial Authorities. For a free copy, please write:
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1Reasonable constraints, however, may be applied in emergency circumstances involving self-defense, public safety, or the prevention of serious criminal acts.
2This table presents general rules. Particularly in the cases indicated, the employees of certain foreign countries may enjoy higher levels of privileges and immunities on the basis of special bilateral agreements.
3A small number of senior officers are entitled to be treated identically to "diplomatic agents."
4Note that consular residences are sometimes located within the official consular premises. In such cases, only the official office space is protected from police entry.