Consular Relations Act, Mount Vema 2017, was approved by His Mount Vema Majesty King Peter J. Goldishman to give effect to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and to enable effect to be given to other agreements concerning consular relations and to make further provision with respect to consular relations between the Kingdom of Mount Vema and other countries.
The legislation will also deal with matters arising in connection therewith, to restrict the jurisdiction of courts with respect to certain matters concerning or arising on board certain ships or aircraft, and to enable diplomatic agents and consular officers to administer oaths and do notarial acts in certain cases.
The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963 is an international treaty that defines a framework for consular relations between independent states. A consul normally operates out of an embassy in another country, and performs two functions: 1- protecting in the host country the interests of their countrymen, and 2- furthering the commercial and economic relations between the two states. While a consul is not a diplomat, they work out of the same premises, and under this treaty they are afforded most of the same privileges, including a variation of diplomatic immunity called consular immunity. The treaty has been ratified by more than 175 states
The Act may be cited as the Consular Relations Act, Mount Vema 2017, and comes into force today.