Honorary Consular Officers


On taking up your post

For all nominations for employment in a diplomatic mission or consular post, the mission should send to Protocol Department a Notification de nomination et de prise de fonctions (NNPF) or Notification of Nomination and Commencement.

Honorary Consular Officers, who are generally French or permanent residents, are regarded as consular officers with a special status; they are allowed to be gainfully employed and, theoretically, exercise their mission on a voluntary basis.

Proposing a nominee for appointment as an honorary consular officer implies the prior existence of the consular post. The opening of a new post, following a special request from the diplomatic mission, must be approved by the French Authorities and approval notified by Protocol Department.

A French national, a dual national having both French and a foreign nationality, or a permanent resident cannot be an honorary consular officer if he/she is elected by universal suffrage, is a French civil servant or a French Government agent or a territorial unit agent, a commercial court judge, or teacher in a higher educational institution (if the latter is exercised as principal activity).

Nomination :

  • the application for nomination is to be submitted exclusively by the Embassy accompanied by a curriculum vitae (in 5 copies) indicating the address of the consular premises.
  • letter of admission sent to the Embassy by Protocol Department following approval from the competent authorities
  • exequatur
  • consular information questionnaire (Fiche consulaire) to be sent by the Embassy to Protocol Department
  • notification of nomination and commencement (see infra).

Updated : July 2012