Legalised Documents for use in mainland China

Documents Authentication

To have a document which was originated in the United Kingdom accepted in China, the document should first be certified by a British Notary Public, then must be legalised by the Legalisation Office (LO) of British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and further be authenticated by the Chinese Embassy or General Consulate in the UK.  This is because China is not member of Hague Convention, therefore apostille is not acceptable.  The legalised documents for use in mainland China should be gone through the process of authentication.

Three major procedures for your consideration:

  1) Notary: A document should be notarised by a notary public firstly except being issued by government office such as Birth certificate or marriage certificate or others.  
  2) Legalisation: The Legalisation office of British Foreign and Commonwealth Office must legalise the signature, stamp or seal of a British public official such as a solicitor, a notary public, a registrar and an official of chamber of commerce.  

3) Authentication: The Chinese General Consulate of Edinburgh will only verify signature and seal (excluding contents of documents) from British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Once being verified, the Chinese General Consulate of Edinburgh officially will add authenticated seal and signature to your document, which will be ready for use in China.

i2visa UK is specialised in assisting you securely obtain legalised document(s) from Chinese General Consulate in Edinburgh as fast as possible. The following required documents are essential:

  1. Download and complete the application form for notarisation/legalisation.
  2. The original and photocopy document legalised by British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and its complete duplicate Apostille page
  3. Copy of applicant’s passport information page

Download the form

We will personally attend Chinese General Consulate in Edinburgh for submission and collection on your behalf.

Type of Service Processing Days Consular Fee/per document Our Fees Total Fees
Regular 5 Working Days £15 £35 £50
Express 2-3 Working Days £30 £50 £80

If you are still not clear, please see the website of the General Chinese Consulate in Edinburgh.

If your document needs to be legalised by Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), please see the fees charged in the following chart:

Type of Service Processing Days FCO Fee/per document Our Fees Total Fees
Regular 4 Working Days £30 £30 £60

Alternatively, you could do it by yourself by simply visiting the website of FCO. For your convenience, you can put our Edinburgh office address as the delivery address sent by FCO in order to save you one or two days and postages.

Special Delivery Postage will apply in the case of legalisation, so it is total of £13 (£6.5 each way) if you don't have a prepaid special delivery envelop enclosed.

If you have further queries, please don't hesitate to contact us directly at 0131 460 7023 or info@i2visa.co.uk.

When calculating the amount of time required processing your visa, please add one more working day for the postal delivery.

Please mail all the relevant documents to the following address by a reliable mailing service:

i2visa UK Ltd
Conference House
152 Morrison Street

Other Service:

If you need us to collect Chinese passport(s), travel document(s), HongKong ID, or other documents in Chinese General Consulate of Edinburgh, we will probably charge you £30 service fee and then mail it back to you by special delivery. The delivery fee is additional cost.