Legalised UK documents for use in P.R. China

UK documents to be legalised in Chinese General Consulate of Edinburgh

To have a document which was originated in the United Kingdom accepted in mainland China, the document should firstly be certified by a UK Notary Public, then must be legalised by the Legalisation Office (LO) of 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.  Thus, the legalised documents for use in P.R. China should be gone through the final part - Chinese Embassy or Chinese General Consulate in the UK.

What are UK documents for legalisation?

Personal documents: Degree or Master Certificate, PHDs or Diploma Qualifications or other Academic Reports, National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) or Disclosure Scotland etc.

Business documents: Certificate of Incorporation, Power of Attorney, Tax Returns, Partnership Agreement, VAT Certificate, Company Registers, or Certificate of Name Change etc.


Three major steps for your consideration:


Step 1) Notarisation: A personal or business document should be certified by a UK notary public firstly.


Step 2) Apostille by FCO: The Legalisation office of British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 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.


Step 3) Legalisation: The Chinese General Consulate of Edinburgh will verify the signature and seal (excluding contents of documents) of British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Once being verified, the Chinese General Consulate of Edinburgh will officially apply authenticated seal and signature (Blue Sticker) to your document(s), which will be ready for use in P.R. China.

i2visa UK Ltd can do three steps combined as a packege of full service on behalf of you, alternatively we can do the second step (apostille by FCO) or the third step (legalised by the Chinese General Consulate of Edinburgh) on its own at your convenience, which means that we will personally attend Chinese General Consulate of Edinburgh for submission and collection on your behalf.

*Notarisation, Apostille & Legalisation (FULL SERVICE) combined as a set of package charged in the following total fee:

One document (Regular Service): £150 including VAT

Two documents (Regular Service): £230 including VAT

Three documents (Regular Service): £295 including VAT

*The above total fee includes the two delivery postages (to FCO/from FCO) but it exclude the delivery fee to your home/business address.
*Notarisation: Prestigous UK Notary Public registered at the FCO - Processed in Edinburgh city centre
*Apostille: Processed in FCO located in Milton Keynes
*Legalisation: Processed in Chinese General Consulate of Edinburgh

i2visa UK is specialised in assisting you to securely obtain legalised document(s) from Chinese General Consulate of Edinburgh from a notary public service (step 1) and a stamped official certificate (an 'apostille) service. The following required documents are complusory:

  1. Download and complete the application form (UK version 2017) for legalisation (Download the form below)
  2. The original and photocopy UK document(s) that will need to be legalised
  3. Photocopy of applicant’s passport information page
  4. i2visa order form (Download the form below)

Download the form

Please mail all the above required documents to the following address:

i2visa UK Ltd
Conference House
152 Morrison Street

*If you are applying for these at the express service, please simply add £30 (one document), £50 (two documents) and £70 (three documents) based on the whole cost of regular service. If you have more documents to be legalised as a package, please contact us about the particular fee schedule directly. 

Please see the following fee schedule for single step only - Chinese Consulate (final step):

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 of Edinburgh.

If your document needs to be legalised by FCO (which is the second step), 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 (to FCO/from FCO) will include the our service, but it will NOT apply to your delivery address once being legalised.

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

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

Other consular services:

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