Apostille for China

Apostille Legalisation of Irish and UK documents for use in China and authentication of Chinese documents for use abroad

It can be difficult using paperwork from one country in another, but Docsbase can help! Docsbase Apostille and Consular Services specialises in an international organisation with offices in Dublin, London, Dubai, Washington DC, and other important world cities. We offer apostille and authentication services, as you may have guessed from the name. These services can help you use Irish or UK documents in China, as well as in other places.

How to get an Apostille on Irish and UK documents for use in CHINA?

Docsbase Consular Services with an office in Dublin Ireland and London UK is specialising in legalisation of all types of commercial, vital, government documents from Ireland and the UK for official use in China. We can arrange reissuance of documents in the UK and Ireland, notarisation and apostille legalisation of Irish and UK documents as well as the Embassy legalisation in London and Dublin. We are familiar with the requirements of Chinese authorities and can prepare your documents in a way that they will be accepted by the Chinese authorities without any further legalisation. Docsbase Translation is our in-house translation department specialising in preparing a certified translation of English documents into Chinese appropriately certified for use in China. We also have reliable partners in Beijing that can provide legalisation of Chinese documents for use abroad, in particular in the Republic of Ireland and the UK.

What are Apostille services?

A government body such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can attach an Apostille certificate to a document, usually for a fee. A country that has agreed to recognise the apostille of the issuing country, typically by becoming a party to a treaty such as the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents of 1961, will have to recognise the apostilled documents at their face value.

Is the Consular Legalisation and Authentication process for using overseas documents in China particularly challenging?

It can be yes. China is not a part of the Hague Convention mentioned above. That means a Chinese Apostille certificate alone would not generally be accepted by Ireland, the UK, or any other signatory nation, and Chinese officials are not required to accept Apostille certificates from countries signatory to the Hague Convention.

However, that doesn’t mean you cannot use documents from one country in the other. At Docsbase, we specialise in Chinese document legalisation work. When working with documents for use in a country that does not recognise the Apostille convention, such as China, we conduct Embassy or Consular Legalisation instead. The Chinese embassies in the UK and Ireland have very specific requirements, though, so you should really leave Consular Legalisation to the experts.

What goes into the Apostille and Consular legalisation of documents for use in China?


The documents must first receive Apostille certification on their country of origin. Documents are first notarised then submitted to the MOFA for Apostille.

Consulate Authentication and Legalisation:

The Chinese embassy must then verify the apostilled document. This must be done in person – the embassy does not accept documents by post – nor do they accept card payments. You are also required to use an agent such as Docsbase – you are not allowed to apply on your own behalf. The Chinese consulate or embassy in the country you wish to use the documents must then verify the certification or notarisation. They certify the authenticity of the signature or seal, not of the documents attested by that seal.

Certified Translation:

Once a document has been authenticated by the Chinese embassy, a certified translation can be prepared. This translation can then generally be used at face value.

What types of Chinese documents can be legalised for use abroad?

Documents that may require Consular Legalisation for use in China or other nations include:

  • Visas and emigration paperwork
  • Any documents relating to work status
  • Diplomas and other certificates of education or training
  • Proof of ownership of a real or financial asset
  • Evidence that an asset has been transferred
  • Certificates of marriage, divorce or another family status
  • Official approvals or licences
  • Tax or financial documents
  • Bank documents and records of transactions
  • Other types of business documents

What other services do Docsbase Apostille and Consular Services have to offer?

We retain our own translation company, completely in-house.

Certifiedtranslations.ie also accepts outside clients for certified translations, but we use them extensively for translation of documents to be legalised for use abroad. Our fully accredited translators have complete fluency in Chinese as well as in many other world languages. They also have access to a network of translators and localisers throughout the world.

In addition, Docsbase has an in-house visa company. Our association with Visaworld.ie. allows us to provide lightning-fast document legalisation and Apostille services to support their clients’ visa applications. In turn, they also have access to our certified translation arm. Altogether, this allows us to provide a faster visa application service with an amazing success rate.

Why should you use Docsbase to legalise your documents?

  1. While Apostille work can be straightforward, it can easily become tricky and awkward. Consular legalisation starts out difficult and can become truly challenging at times. At Docsbase, our people are experts at the system in place to legalise documents between China and other countries and know how to keep the wheels turning.
  2. Our notaries, translators and other service providers have developed trusted relationships with the officials involved in both sets of embassies and government offices. This not only speeds the process dramatically (up to 40% faster service than the industry average) but also increases our success rate.
  3. Because of the volume of work we do, we can charge you less while offering better service.
  4. We have offices all over the world, allowing us to deal directly with government bodies in Dublin, London, Washington DC, Dubai, and more.