Members of Diplomatic Missions may benefit from an exemption from taxation as well as a relief from customs duty on some goods. The extent of these advantages may vary depending on the status of agents.


In accordance with the recitals of the Vienna Conventions of 1961 and 1963, diplomatic and consular privileges are granted by the receiving State for the sole purpose of enabling the staff of Missions to perform their functions rather than to benefit individuals. The extent of those privileges varies according to the diplomatic agent’s status.

This Section describes the normal procedures currently followed in France by the competent authorities. As facilities are generally granted as a courtesy since they are not systematically provided for by the Vienna Conventions of 1961 and 1963, the following is for information only and in no way binding on the French authorities, in particular on the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Finance and Industry.

For all further information please contact Le Protocole, Sous-Direction des privilèges et immunités diplomatiques et consulaires.

Updated : July 2012