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Consular Legalisation for China



People’s Republic of China consulate requirements

On 23 March 2023, the People’s Republic of China became the 125th country to accede to the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (the Apostille Convention).  This came into force on 7 November 2023.

This means documents to be used in China no longer need to be legalised by the Chinese Visa Application Service Center, and most documents will only need to be notarised and apostilled.

Certain documents can be apostilled directly without needing notarisation, such as UK birth, death and marriage certificates, and ACRO police certificates. In the UK an apostille is only issued by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

Our expert team can help you through the process of getting notarisation and an apostille. Contact us today to get started.

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