相比之下，领事馆是大使馆的较小版本，通常位于一个国家较大的旅游城市，但不是首都。例如，在德国，美国领事馆位于法兰克福，汉堡和慕尼黑等城市，但不在首都柏林。大使馆位于柏林。领事馆（及其首席外交官，领事）处理小型外交问题，如签发签证，协助贸易关系以及照顾移民，游客和外籍人士。此外，美国还有虚拟存在帖（VPP），以帮助世界各地的人们了解美国以及VPP关注的领域。这些都是为了使美国能够在重要地区进入，而不是在那里存在。拥有VPP的地区没有常设办事处和工作人员，并且从其他大使馆开办。 VPP的一些例子包括玻利维亚的VPP Santa Cruz，加拿大的VPP Nunavut和俄罗斯的VPP车里雅宾斯克。全球约有50个VPP。尽管领事馆位于较大的旅游城市并且大使馆位于首都城市可能听起来很简单，但世界上并非如此。
In contrast, the consulate is a smaller version of the embassy, usually located in a larger tourist city than a country, but not the capital. For example, in Germany, the US consulate is located in Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich, but not in the capital of Berlin. The museum is located in Berlin. The consulate (and its chief diplomat, consul) handles small diplomatic issues such as issuing visas, assisting trade relations and caring for immigrants, tourists and foreigners. In addition, the United States also has a virtual presence (VPP) to help people around the world understand the US and VPP areas of concern. These are all to enable the United States to enter in important areas, not to exist there. There are no permanent offices and staff in the VPP area, and they are run from other embassies. Some examples of VPP include VPP Santa Cruz in Bolivia, VPP Nunavut in Canada and VPP Chelyabinsk in Russia. There are about 50 VPPs worldwide. Although the consulate is located in a larger tourist city and the embassy in the capital city may sound simple, it is not the case in the world.