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Termination of Consular Legalisation by the Consulate General of the Czech Republic after China's Accession to the Apostille Convention

On March 8, 2023, China joined the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents. On November 7, 2023, the Convention will enter into force between China and the Czech Republic.

As from November 7, 2023, all public documents within the scope of the Convention sent from China to the Czech Republic will no longer be subject to consular legalisation by the Chinese authority and the Czech Consulate General in Shanghai or the Czech Embassy in Beijing, but will be subject to APOSTILLE. Therefore, the Czech Consulate and the Czech Embassy will terminate consular legalisation services.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China is the competent authority for issuing APOSTILLE for public documents executed within Chinese territory. Entrusted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, the Foreign Affairs Offices of relevant local governments in China can issue the APOSTILLE for public documents executed within their respective administrative regions, i.e. Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui.

The APOSTILLE can be verified online by visiting this website:

Specific procedures and requirements for applying APOSTILLE can be checked by visiting the China Consular Service website (http://cs.mfa.gov.cn/) or the websites of relevant local Foreign Affairs Offices.