What is the task of an Embassy?An embassy is a diplomatic representation of country’s government in another country. It’s functions are: Transmits the message of its home government to the government of the host country and vice versa. Informs its home government about important political, social, economic, military and other events happening in the host country. Promotes its own home culture, economy and science in the host country. Prepares international treaties and official state visits.Many embassies have a consular section exercising the functions of a consulate. What is the task of a Consulate?A consulate is the representation of the public administration of a country in a foreign town. First of all, it is responsible for its own fellow-citizens, living or travelling in the host country.The most important duties of a consulate are:
PROTECTED/RESTRICTED AREA PERMIT FOR INDIAThe foreigners(protected area) act requires the non-Indian citizen to obtain a Protected area permit(PAP) to visit certain areas in India. Certain requirements have to be fulfilled to get this permit. The protected areas are as follows: Whole state of Nagaland Sikkim Some parts of state of Manipur Mizoram Uttaranchal Jammu and kashmir Rajasthan Himachal pradesh General PAP requirements: Travel with a registered travel agent. Travel in a group of 2 at least The PAP has a duration of 10 days, with and an option of extending it for another 7 days. Normally the travel agent you have hired will take care of the PAP. In addition, Restricted Area Permit(RAP) is required by non-Indian citizens to visit the union territory of Andaman and Nicobar islands and parts of the state of Sikkim. The power to issue this permit vests with the Ministry of Home Affairs. Such restrictions are imposed due to security reasons.