How to Address a U.S. Ambassador

Ambassador of the U.S.A. by a U.S. Citizen

Below are the forms for a U.S. citizen to address a U.S. ambassador wherever the ambassador serves.

Non-U.S. citizens may use these styles for a U.S. ambassador – OR – use the forms for a foreign ambassador: Excellency.  For that form follow the link in the list at right for ‘Ambassador of one country ot another’.—-

How to Address a US Ambassador by US Citizen

Ambassador of the U.S.A. by a U.S. Citizen at Post Except in the Western Hemisphere

—-Envelope, official:
—-—-The Honorable
—-—-(Full Name)
—-—-American Ambassador
—-—-(Address)

—-Letter salutation:
——–Dear Ambassador:
—-—-Dear Mr./Madam Ambassador:

Ambassador of the U.S.A. by a U.S. Citizen at Post In the Western Hemisphere

—-Envelope, official:
—-—-The Honorable
—-—-(Full Name)
—-—-Ambassador of the United States of America
—-—-(Address)

—-Letter salutation:
—-—-Dear Mr./Madam Ambassador:

How to Address a US Ambassador by US Citizen

Ambassador of the U.S.A. by a U.S. Citizen Away from Post

—-#1) When away from post, include the country to which the ambassador is accredited.

—-#2) ‘Ambassador of the United States of America’ is acceptable anywhere in the world and is preferred in the Western Hemisphere. ‘American Ambassador’ is acceptable outside the Western Hemisphere.

—-Envelope, official:
—-—-The Honorable
—-—-(Full Name)
—-—-American Ambassador to (country)
—-—-(Address)
—-—-—-or
—-—-The Honorable
—-—-(Full Name)
—-—-Ambassador of the United States of America to (country)
—-—-(Address)

—-Letter salutation:
—-—-Dear Mr./Madam Ambassador:

—–Forms of Address for Ambassadors:
—–—–U.S. Ambassador by a U.S. Citizen
—–—–U.S. Career Ambassador Retired
—–—–U.S. Ambassador, Retired Foreign Service
—–—–U.S. Ambassador, former, political appointee
—–—–U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom
—–—–Goodwill Ambassador
—–—–Foreign Ambassador
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—–Related Diplomats:—Attaché
—–—–Attaché
—–—–Chargé d’Affaires
—–—–Consul
—–—–Consul General
—–—–Consul Honorary
—–—–Counselor|
—–—–Deputy Chief of Mission
—–—–First Secretary
—–—–Second Secretary
—–—–Third Secretary

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Not Finding Your Question Answered?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  After checking the list and reading the posts, if you don’t see your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, I will post the question & answer – always changing the names and specifics.

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