Documents legalization: China enters the Apostille Convention

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The People’s Republic of China has entered the Hague Convention starting from November 7th, 2023, making the Apostille finally available in China.

The Hague Convention

The Hague Convention of October 5th, 1961 is an international treaty that simplifies the process of legalizing public documents for use in foreign countries. In fact, it abolishes the requirement for consular legalization.

The following are some of the documents included in the scope of the convention:

  • Personal documents like, for example, birth and marriage certificates, notarized power of attorneys, criminal records and pending charges certificates;
  • Corporate documents like, for example, chamber of commerce certificates, company statements and balance sheets.

Apostille in China now into force

Starting from November 7th, 2023, the legalization of acts and documents issued by Chinese and Italian authorities that fall within the scope of the Convention is replaced by the affixing of an apostille. This is intended to simplify procedures for the international circulation of official documents, thus facilitating transfers and international trade.

Starting from that date, therefore, the diplomatic missions involved have suspended consular legalizations. Applicants may apply directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in their own country – the authority responsible for issuing apostilles on documents issued in their own country.

It is advisable to inquire in advance about any requirements by the receiving body concerning the format, content, validity and translation of the document, before applying for apostilles.

How we can help you get your documents legalized

  1. Studio A&P replies within 1 business day from your request through our contact form; you will receive a dedicated quotation with timeline and costs needed;
  2. The legalization process starts the same day the quotation is accepted, by paying the quotation fee (through paypal or wire transfer).
  1. First, you have to send the original documents to Studio A&P (in some cases, however, copies of the documents are enough);
  2. After receiving the documents, we will deposit them on your behalf at the competent authorities’ offices;
  3. Finally, once they are ready, Studio A&P sends you back the legalized documents.


The timing for apostille a document is around one week, depending on the province.

On the other hand, the timing for the consulate legalization, instead, is around two weeks, depending on the competent consulate.

  1. Full reimbursement 100% if the service is cancelled during the same day;
  2. Reimbursement of 30% after the notification of commencing the legalization process.

DHL courier and delivery costs depend on the destination from Italy and are excluded from the quotation.

Please Note: fees for legalization of documents vary based on your needs. Prices start from a minimum of €100,00 and increase based on:

  • Your Country;
  • Translation;
  • Type of document;
  • and other.

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