Persons enjoying diplomatic immunity

18.03.2016. 15:18

Under the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the following persons enjoy partial degree of immunity:

  • diplomatic agents and members of their families forming part of their households
  • members of the administrative and technical staff and members of their families forming part of their households
  • members of the service staff in respect of acts performed in the course of their duties

Persons enjoying diplomatic immunity cannot be arrested or withheld by the police and cannot be fined or punished otherwise (1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, Article 31). Only the sending state can waive a person’s diplomatic immunity.

If a person enjoying diplomatic immunity commits an offence, the police will forward its report to the State Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In serious matters, or in case of repeated offences, the State Protocol will notify the Mission involved