How to find your home consulate in Paris

Consulate or Embassy?

As a foreigner abroad you will always deal with your country's local consulate, never your country's embassy.

Embassies are for your government to deal with their government, so unless you are a diplomat (or seriously well-connected), you will never be inside one.

Consualtes (and embassies) are extreme high-security places.

Most will turn you away if you show up with any large bag or electronic device, including a backpack, suitcase, large purse, computer, iPod, or BlackBerry.

A few will relent and let you arrive with a camera and cellphone—but will confiscate those at the desk and not return them until you leave.

It will do you absolutely no good whatsoever to argue with them over these policies. They have machine guns. You do not. You lose.

In other words, arrive with nothing but your clothes, wallet, moneybelt, and something to read while you wait.
Consulates, on the other hand, provide services to its own citizens in a foreign country (mostly tourists, business types, and citizens living abroad).

Yes, in Paris (or any other capital city), your home consulate will likely in an annex of your home embassy (except for Brits). However, the consulate is maintained as a separate section.

An ID and an appointment—or loooong wait—will get you into your home consulate. Burly Marines will keep you from ever getting into the embassy.

Also, while your nation has only one embassy in any foreign country, there are often multiple consulates, one in each major city.

The U.S. consulate in Paris

4, avenue Gabriel, 75008
Métro: Concorde (1, 8, 12)
Tel. +33-(0)1-43-12-22-22

The Canadian consulate in Paris

35, avenue Montaigne, 75008
Métro: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1, 9)
Tel. +33-(0)1-44-43-29-02

The U.K. consulate in Paris

18 bis, rue d’Anjou, 75008
Métro: Madeleine (8, 12, 14)
Tel. +33-(0)1-44-51-31-00

The Australian consulate in Paris

4, rue Jean Rey, 75015
Métro: Bir-Hakeim (6) / RER: Champs de Mer-Toru Eiffel (C)
Tel. +33-(0)1-40-59-33-00

The Irish consulate in Paris

16, rue Rude, 75116
Métro: Charles de Gaulle-Étoile (1, 2, 6; RER A)
Tel. +33-(0)1-44-17-67-00

The New Zealand consulate in Paris

7 ter, rue Léonard de Vinci, 75116
Métro: Victor Hugo (2), Charles de Gaulle-Étoile (1, 2, 6; RER A)
Tel. +33-(0)1-45-01-43-41