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china legalisationChina Legalisation and apostille requirements

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Legalisation required. Find out more about apostille legalisation.

Followed by Consular legalisation from the Chinese Consulate in London.

The consular application form must be dated and signed for submission with documentation and passport copy of the applicant/agent.

(purpose for legalisation must be provided)

China Legalisation for documents in relation to private matters

The holder of the document is required to present:

Photocopy of his valid passport along with photocopy of the document requiring legalisation and Chinese Consulate application form duly filled in and signed by the applicant.

Legalisation for commercial documents

The company’s legal representative (director or company secretary) must present:

Valid passport, Companies House report showing his status as a legal representative of the company
(Current Appointments Report or Certificate of Incorporation with Directors confirmation).

Chinese Consulate application form duly filled in and signed by the applicant.

Documents certified by a notary public must have a notarial certificate and be properly bound with ribbon and seal to avoid rejection.

Photocopy of all documents is required.

Documents issued in the UK for use in:

Hong Kong or Macao:

The Consular legalisation is not required for these regions once your documents are Apostilled.


Please allow up to 3 working days for express service or 4 working days for standard service for Chinese consular legalisation.


There have been changes with submitting documents at the Chinese Consulate.

Call our office to find out the latest.

China Legalisation Fees:

Type of Legalisation Nationality Standard Service Express Service

Private Individual

Chinese Citizen £36 £67
Foreign Citizen £47 £78

Corporate matter

Chinese Citizen £41 £72
Foreign Citizen £64 £95

Chinese Consulate in London
31 Portland Place
T.020 7636 2981

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