The States Parties to the present Protocol and to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, hereinafter referred to as "the Convention", adopted by the United Nations Conference held at Vienna from 2 March to 14 April 1961,
Expressing their wish to establish rules between them concerning acquisition of nationality by the members of their diplomatic missions and of the families forming part of the household of those members,
Have agreed as follows:
For the purpose of the present Protocol, the expression
" members of the mission " shall have the meaning assigned to it in Article
1, sub-paragraph (b), of the Convention, namely " the head of the mission
and the members of the staff of the mission".
Members of the mission not being nationals of the receiving
State, and members of their families forming part of their household, shall
not, solely by the operation of the law of the receiving State, acquire
the nationality of that State.
The present Protocol shall be open for signature by all
States which may become Parties to the Convention, as follows: until 31
October 1961 at the Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Austria and
subsequently, until 31 March 1962, at the United Nations Headquarters in
The present Protocol is subject to ratification. The instruments
of ratification shall be deposited with the Secretary-General of the United
The present Protocol shall remain open for accession by
all States which may become Parties to the Convention. The instruments
of accession shall be deposited with the Secretary-General of the United
1. The present Protocol shall enter into force on the same day as the Convention or on the thirtieth day following the date of deposit of the second instrument of ratification or accession to the Protocol with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, whichever date is the later.
2. For each State ratifying or acceding
to the present Protocol after its entry into force in accordance with paragraph
1 of this Article, the Protocol shall enter into force on the thirtieth
day after deposit by such State of its instrument of ratification or accession.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations shall inform all States which may become Parties to the Convention:
(b) of the date on which the present
Protocol will enter into force, in accordance with Article VI.
The original of the present Protocol, of which the Chinese,
English, French, Russian and Spanish texts are equally authentic, shall
be deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, who shall
send certified copies thereof to all States referred to in Article III.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF the undersigned Plenipotentiaries, being duly authorized thereto by their respective Governments, have signed the present Protocol.
DONE at Vienna, this eighteenth day of April one thousand
nine hundred and sixty-one.
Done at Vienna, on 18 April 1961
Adopted on 14 April 1961 by the United Nations Conference on Diplomatic Intercourse and Immunities held at the Neue Hofburg in Vienna, Austria, from 2 March to 14 April. The Conference also adopted the Optional Protocol concerning the Compulsory Settlement of Disputes, the Final Act and four resolutions annexed to that Act. For the proceedings of the Conference, see United Nations Conference on Diplomatic Intercourse and Immunities, Official Records, vols. I and II (United Nations publication, Sales Nos: 61.X.2 and 62.X.1).
Text: United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 500, p.241
Entry into force: 24 April 1964, in accordance with article VIII