China joins Hague Convention
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China joins the Apostille Convention: What does it Mean for You

On the 8th of March 2023, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) officially became a member of the Hague Convention 1961. Marking a significant step towards simplifying and speeding up document legalisation. This historic change will take effect on the 7th of November 2023. Bringing about several benefits for individuals and businesses requiring document authentication.

China Apostille Convention

What is the Hague Convention?

The Hague Convention, also known as the Apostille Convention, is a global treaty that establishes international standards for the procedures related to the legalisation of foreign documents. For you, our valued client, this means a more efficient and straightforward method for ensuring document validity.

Benefits of China joining the Hague Convention.

China joining Hague Convention means no more Consulates and Embassies for document legalisation. All countries within the Convention now recognize the Apostille as a universally accepted and sufficient way of authenticating documents. To learn more about the Apostille and how to get it, please visit our dedicated website. You will find detailed explanations of the process there, so you have all the information you need.

Starting from November 7, 2023, legalising documents for use in China will be easier, faster, and cheaper. This monumental change reflects a commitment to simplifying international transactions and interactions, ultimately making your experience with document legalisation a seamless one.

Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the UK has made an announcement that can help you further understand the implications of Apostille Convention.


China joining the Hague Convention improves the global notarial system, making it more connected and efficient. We are happy to inform you about the improvements, and excited to continue providing excellent notary services in this changing environment.

Notarial Services for China

At Edward Young Notaries and Lawyers we have years of experience helping clients get their documents for China legalised. 

The changing procedures will not impact the quality of our service. On the contrary, we will be able to get your documents back to you faster than ever before!

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