China Abolishes Requirement of Document Legalization

On March 8, 2023, China acceded to the 1961 Hague Convention, abolishing the requirement of Document Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. 

What does this mean? Beginning November 7, 2023, any documents destined for use in China will no longer require consular legalization. An apostille from the appropriate Secretary of State or the U.S. Department of State should be accepted. 

But please note, the completion of the U.S. apostille does not guarantee the acceptance of the public document by the relevant user in China. It is recommended to check in advance with the relevant party in China about specific requirements for format, content, time limit, translation, etc. before going through the relevant procedures. 

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