How to Address a U.S. Ambassador by U.S. Citizen

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

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  Ambassador of one country ot another.—-

How to Address a US Ambassador by US Citizen

Ambassador of the USA by a US 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:

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

Ambassador of the USA by a US 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 USA by a US 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:

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

When Should You Use the Forms on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.

Not Finding Your Answer?

—-#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)  If you don’t see the official you seek included or 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, Sometimes I post the question  – but always change all the specifics.

— Robert Hickey 

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"