Mini Countries Abroad: How Embassies Work

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    [2] travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/countries-limited-visa-services.html
    [3] www.un.int/tuvalu/tuvalu/embassies
    [4] usunrome.usmission.gov/mission/mission-usun/ambassador/
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  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions  Month ago +638

    Hey all, I hope you enjoy this video. As a little shout-out, I'm filming behind the scenes at Heathrow today. If you want to see a little of that, make sure to check out my Instagram here: instagram.com/sam.from.wendover (warning: that'll be a face reveal)

    • bep the shep
      bep the shep 16 days ago

      @Half As Interesting

    • SmashPortal
      SmashPortal 23 days ago

      Are you telling me if I called them at those local area codes it wouldn't be considered long distance?

    • SmashPortal
      SmashPortal 23 days ago

      You said the students were hung instead of hanged.

    • jayshko
      jayshko 28 days ago

      1:40 that's not where Palau is.

    • bobbillfor2 r
      bobbillfor2 r 28 days ago

      Bring back twl

  • DK1
    DK1 Day ago

    Embassies are also used to spy on host countries.

  • Daniel Holowaty
    Daniel Holowaty 3 days ago

    Weirdly my Dermatologist is also an Embassador of Malaysia. So when I am in his office noone can arrest me xD

  • Marce Atelier
    Marce Atelier 3 days ago

    You forgot to mentioned that diplomatics are issued a diplomatic license plate and driver lincese, at least here in the US. They both are registered with the Department of State and the US government directly provides them. Therefore the vehicle is a diplomatic vechicle and neither the vehicle or ocupans can't be searched or seizure.

  • Christopher Bradley
    Christopher Bradley 4 days ago

    It's too bad you didn't mention the US/Guaidó seizure of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC; a heinous violation of the Vienna Convention and international law. I suppose that might get you demonetized ;)

  • Kirk Moore
    Kirk Moore 4 days ago +1

    Did you ever see the Star Trek episode where all wars are fought by computer and casualties are herded into disintegration booths and eliminated?.... appearently the Saudi Arabian royal family really liked that episode and has set up
    booths in their embassies....

  • Sagiv Boniel
    Sagiv Boniel 5 days ago

    It's thanks to embassies that I can get a passport without travelling to my home country

  • RocketeerRaccoon
    RocketeerRaccoon 6 days ago

    I'm still a bit confused about this, in Marvel comics, Dr. Doom keeps using his own Embassy to avoid being arrested but the real thing seems more complicated.

  • Grinners
    Grinners 7 days ago

    "Were hung for opposing Gaddafi"
    They got bigger dicks?
    Sounds like a pretty good deal
    Or are you dyslexic and meant hanged?

  • Loschiliesbar
    Loschiliesbar 7 days ago +1

    Does anyone else hear a difference about his voice from previous videos it sounds different

  • josh656
    josh656 7 days ago

    No embassy? Well cancel my trip to South Sudan!

  • Sunil Kolli
    Sunil Kolli 7 days ago

    You see...........

  • its_Jerome
    its_Jerome 7 days ago

    nice video

  • Rayan animates
    Rayan animates 8 days ago +2

    The eu and Belgium

    Are you saying it’s not in the eu
    Edit:what does hilighted comment mean?

    • Joseph Habteab
      Joseph Habteab 4 days ago

      @Rayan animates nah man your close but I'm not Arab im habesha (Ethiopian)

    • Rayan animates
      Rayan animates 4 days ago

      Joseph Habteab thx
      Your arab right if then same like me

    • Joseph Habteab
      Joseph Habteab 4 days ago

      Your popular comment/reply on this video

  • Hugo Passmore
    Hugo Passmore 9 days ago

    4:10 hanged not hung tut tut

  • XxLukeEngland2xX RBLX
    XxLukeEngland2xX RBLX 10 days ago

    The US does have an embassy in Equatorial Guinea

  • BackfallGenius
    BackfallGenius 10 days ago

    How Embassies Work Pt. II: The Airplanes Used by Embassies Around the World

  • Jos Geerink
    Jos Geerink 10 days ago

    What a terrible video!

  • Mr Asaftei
    Mr Asaftei 11 days ago

    What about the US embassy in Romania. 😢

  • Anindita Saktiaji
    Anindita Saktiaji 12 days ago

    8:22 but they're still mostly hidden behind tall walls, yes very America...

  • Leonaяdo DiCapяio
    Leonaяdo DiCapяio 13 days ago +1

    Are RealLifeLore, Wendover Productions and Half as Interesting the same person?

  • Kiran Garewal
    Kiran Garewal 13 days ago

    1:39 that's not where Palau is.

  • RikoF1
    RikoF1 13 days ago

    pontA Delgada, great video still

  • Fare
    Fare 14 days ago

    The USA embasy in Sarayevo looks like the white house

  • Crispin Ali Basah
    Crispin Ali Basah 14 days ago

    1:41 Palau is off the coast of East Malaysia?

  • John  Stevens
    John Stevens 15 days ago +1

    11:36
    It's Ponta Delgada*, not Ponte Delgada

  • Keerthana Gurushankar
    Keerthana Gurushankar 16 days ago

    Almost airports

  • transition lenses
    transition lenses 18 days ago

    Hazard pay for the Bahamas?!! So much for being paradise..

  • Texgal
    Texgal 19 days ago

    In other words you go to kiss their ass and make nice

  • Jordan Widemon
    Jordan Widemon 19 days ago

    On hsheuusuehh❤911

  • Arlo D Mashups
    Arlo D Mashups 20 days ago

    1:39 that's not where palau's located

  • Real_pianist
    Real_pianist 20 days ago

    Good work

  • Prof. Hilary L. Chow FRAS

    Embassiess and consulates have more modern functions...They issue visas and emergency passports, and provide assistance to their nationals

  • TheMightyKinkle
    TheMightyKinkle 21 day ago

    6:50 I thought that was a painting at first!

  • Vivek Panchagnula
    Vivek Panchagnula 21 day ago

    why the hell does he sound so different?

  • Dumb Stuf
    Dumb Stuf 21 day ago +3

    Why are you late on uploading

    Edit: for both here and half as interesting

  • Duck Face
    Duck Face 21 day ago

    U know what an intressiting topic would be? When starts living in a Country and when stops vacation in a country?

  • Dr Diamondz
    Dr Diamondz 22 days ago

    If America wasn't so worried about security we'd just say "fuck it design our chancy to look like a penis"

  • BMD
    BMD 22 days ago

    Fucking bravo dude, I learned a shit ton!

  • Morningglory
    Morningglory 22 days ago +1

    This was very informative, thank you very much.

  • Scott Pearce
    Scott Pearce 23 days ago

    You tagged Palau geographically incorrectly.... it's waaaaay more eastern.

  • jv507
    jv507 23 days ago

    What about a high commissioner?

  • aamj 00
    aamj 00 24 days ago

    70% bonus to live in Iraq? I’m coming home mom

  • Mr. Harold The Toaster

    Where can I start to make my Toasteria Embassy? 😀

  • Delcio
    Delcio 24 days ago

    I missed a Wendover video that was uploded 2 weeks ago? Shame on me.

  • Mantesh Mr
    Mantesh Mr 25 days ago

    You were supposed to put up a next video by now

  • RACKSON
    RACKSON 26 days ago

    Okay...

  • thebigdog360
    thebigdog360 26 days ago

    Congrats on 2 mil!

  • Phillip Green
    Phillip Green 26 days ago +1

    The british flag was shown all over this video, a hint to how British colonialism is still around in this modern age

    • Cam Stock
      Cam Stock 15 days ago

      No, British embassies are important, and he spoke a lot about the nation, British colonialism does not exist. It's just very important

  • Steph LJ
    Steph LJ 27 days ago

    I pay for TheXvid red in order to avoid annoying ads. I hate that your amazing content requires we listen to your in content ads. It's excessive and disruptive. Disruptive ads such as yours make me actively avoid what you're promoting. I will never use squarespace or audible because of this. I won't subscribe to your content either, as much as I enjoy your channel.
    Work your in sponsorship in a more natural manner and it won't seem intrusive.

  • Edis Süleyman
    Edis Süleyman 28 days ago

    Why Bulgaria doe?

  • jayshko
    jayshko 28 days ago

    1:40 that's not where Palau is.

  • Wilson Loo Kok Wee
    Wilson Loo Kok Wee 28 days ago

    Palau location is not quite right - that's Brunei :)

  • Joaquin Padilla
    Joaquin Padilla 28 days ago

    Location of Palau is off. It's in the Pacific Ocean east of the Philippines. Not in the South China Sea off the coast of Borneo.

  • Lianna J
    Lianna J 28 days ago

    This is so interesting!!

  • Jared Mitchell
    Jared Mitchell 29 days ago

    Great job, cool video.

  • Bruno Kunda
    Bruno Kunda 29 days ago

    ar the US consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, they have pillboxes, checkpoints, boom gates, armed guards, and heaps of cops outside

    • Bruno Kunda
      Bruno Kunda 27 days ago

      @Doncarlo Agustino They're all run by Americans, there's just heaps of cops outside to prevent bad stuff from happening, in the event of terrorist attack or whatever. It's the same with some other embassies and foreign consulates down the road, there's cops and checkpoints outside as well (I have never seen this in other countries).

    • Doncarlo Agustino
      Doncarlo Agustino 27 days ago

      I'm curious which of those are run by the Americans and which are Viet? I've heard the Chinese have a similar setup of their own cops surrounding foreign embassies

  • Pankaj K
    Pankaj K 29 days ago

    Please make a video on Indian Civil Services Examination conducted by UPSC in India to select Indian government bureaucrats. It is regarded as one of the world's toughest examination with success ratio as low as 0.01% (do reverify this figure). Some consider qualifying this exam to be tougher than getting admission in to Oxford University (UK) or Ivy League academies (USA).
    This will garner more views for you if it can be made in local Indian language (Hindi), as this exam carries huge awe in public imagination in India, besides English.

  • G G
    G G 29 days ago

    What happened to the video about Mount Everest?

  • tatt oo sticker
    tatt oo sticker 29 days ago

    Very educational.

  • aresef
    aresef 29 days ago

    Most countries’ diplomats try not to break the laws, but North Korean diplomats are expected to make back most of their operating costs via operations like drug trafficking.

  • panggop jio
    panggop jio Month ago

    1:39 Palau somewhere further east from the Philippines

  • Toby MAK
    Toby MAK Month ago

    Happy 2 million subscribers!

  • Matthew Yerby
    Matthew Yerby Month ago

    What if we kissed in the North Korean embassy

  • Anish Bagri
    Anish Bagri Month ago +1

    I find it -interesting- funny that your 2nd channel "Half as Interesting" has almost half of the amount of subscribers as your main channel does

  • California Bruh
    California Bruh Month ago +2

    Congrats On 2M Thanks for teaching my family :3

  • TheWeirdestOne1
    TheWeirdestOne1 Month ago +4

    as a person from st lucia its both strange to hear someone acknowledge our existence, and extremely frustrating to hear so many caribbean islands names mispronounced.

  • Dumbo Lumbo
    Dumbo Lumbo Month ago +1

    Congrats on 2M!

  • hen ko
    hen ko Month ago

    Embassies are basically Continental Hotels

  • Tarin
    Tarin Month ago

    As to the usefulness of embassies, I can tell you they are still very handy if you are living abroad you need to vote/be repatriated/get protection/renew your passport or ID card/and so forth

  • Chris Bove
    Chris Bove Month ago +10

    When you said "Palau", you highlighted some random spot off the coast of Brunei and Malaysia. Palau is in the Pacific, on the other side of the Philippines.

    • yez zd
      yez zd 19 days ago +1

      I noticed that as well. He highlighted Palawan Island in the Philippines. Palau is located on the other side of the Philippines hehe

  • jãmëz hûáwèï
    jãmëz hûáwèï Month ago

    nearly 2 mil! i'll be watching you pass 2 mil today!

  • Ab C. Def
    Ab C. Def Month ago

    Ecuadorian embassy can suck my balls.

  • Rachael Kowalewski
    Rachael Kowalewski Month ago

    You put Palau in the wrong spot

  • Jordan
    Jordan Month ago

    Dope video

  • PoilyGames
    PoilyGames Month ago

    Thought shmooze was a made up word in civ

  • Saul Lerman
    Saul Lerman Month ago +6

    Hi. I would like to see if you can investigate how the airlines assign their planes to their various routes, taking into account schedules, flight times and changes in time zones, as well as maintenance programs. Thank you very much and congratulations for your channel. Saul Lerman from Mexico City

  • lobecosc
    lobecosc Month ago

    Very educational.

  • Lanette Richardson
    Lanette Richardson Month ago

    So what is a consulate?

  • Trisvette Loh
    Trisvette Loh Month ago

    1:39 Palau somewhere further east from the Philippines

  • AlphaTV
    AlphaTV Month ago

    Kim Ir Sen`s son (Kim P'yŏng Il) lived in Poland for 17 years and he was chief of the embassy in their capital (Warsaw), but you did not mention about this embassy when it comes to Europe. It is a pity that research is getting weaker from episode to episode.

  • Ugandan Knuckles
    Ugandan Knuckles Month ago

    Bag dad?

  • Pedro Beraldo
    Pedro Beraldo Month ago

    brazil also has an embassie in DPR Korea that also has an embassie in brazil

  • Caolho, o Pirata
    Caolho, o Pirata Month ago

    Does anyone think the 16k people employed at the US embassy in Iraq are all related to foreign services? I bet most of this personnel belongs to the Intelligence services.

  • Bammer2001
    Bammer2001 Month ago

    What software did you use to create the intro of this video? I'm looking for software to help me create high-quality intros for some slideshows I'll be making and putting together while I look for a full-time job.

  • Jason Dichter
    Jason Dichter Month ago

    Are there any flying embassies? Tune in next week to find out!

  • Fábio Barbosa
    Fábio Barbosa Month ago

    I love your channel and your work! Just cheered when I hear for the first time the city where I live: Ponta Delgada - Portugal - Azores!!

  • ICykaOsu
    ICykaOsu Month ago

    Embassies are basically Continental Hotels

  • Dave
    Dave Month ago

    And you didnt mention spies. smh

  • I R I S
    I R I S Month ago +1

    When our class went to Canberra we saw all the embassies in Australia.
    “So on the left you can see China”
    “There on the right is America”
    “Now again on the left is india”
    “On the right is still America”
    “See on the left here is France”
    “On the right is STILL America”
    “Ok so to the left is Russia”
    “Ok so now America is halfway done”
    Lol America was huge

    • I R I S
      I R I S 25 days ago

      Doncarlo Agustino we must’ve. Sorry I didn’t know

    • Doncarlo Agustino
      Doncarlo Agustino 27 days ago

      Three streets surround the US Embassy in Canberra, I'm guessing your bus drove around almost the whole perimeter then. Google Maps says the nearby embassies for Belgium and France are almost as big, definitely larger than any of the High Commissions.

  • iina 이나
    iina 이나 Month ago

    Haha why Malta though? :D it's not rough to live here with a relatively good healthcare and all..

  • underscore2002
    underscore2002 Month ago

    1:40, the location of Palau is incorrect

  • CyRRaXxHD
    CyRRaXxHD Month ago +4

    Can you do a video about Free Economic Zones?

  • Benedict Baybay
    Benedict Baybay Month ago

    Palau is east of the Philippines not west.

  • Adam Delonge
    Adam Delonge Month ago

    0:59 Since when does the European Union don't include Belgium anymore? The main headquarter of the EU is in Belgium.. #wtf

  • Alex Bauer
    Alex Bauer Month ago

    1:39 palau is not near borneo ;) it's east of the phillipines

  • Clark Andreasen
    Clark Andreasen Month ago

    I was beginning to wonder if you were only making HAI videos now lol

  • Phemelo Mogatusi
    Phemelo Mogatusi Month ago

    Could you kindly make a video on High Commission & Consulate.

  • Krêpes
    Krêpes Month ago

    Can I - a British person - travel abroad to the US and enter the British "Embassy" Building in Washington?

  • Chuck's poke
    Chuck's poke Month ago

    Love the info....good work. Thanks for upload.