China accepts the apostille (海牙认证)

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Finally, the decades of legalising documents through the Chinese Consulate, and more recently the China Visa Application Service Centre, are now over. Since 7 November 2023, China officially recognises the apostille.

最终,通过中国领事馆和最近的中国签证申请服务中心认证文件的几十年历史结束了。自2023年11月7日起,中国正式承认《海牙法院公证书》。

What’s an apostille?

An apostille is an internationally recognised stamp issued by countries that are members of the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, simply known as the Apostille Convention. Documents stamped with an apostille will be recognised by other member countries.

For example, Australia and China are both members of the Apostille Convention. This means that documents from Australia must be stamped with an apostille to be recognised in China.

海牙认证是什么意思?

海牙认证是一种由1961年10月5日废除涉外公共文件合法化要求公约成员国颁发的国际认可的图章,简称为海牙认证公约。经海牙认证图章认证的文件将得到其他成员国的承认。

例如,澳大利亚和中国都是海牙认证公约的成员国。这意味着澳大利亚的文件必须加盖海牙认证图章,才能在中国得到承认。

Chinese Consulate legalisation is no longer required

In the past, documents from Australia had to be notarised by an Australian notary public, authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and then legalised by the Chinese Consulate. The legalisation of documents going to China is no longer required after 7 November 2023.

Instead of the 3-step legalisation process, it is now a 2-step apostille process. Notarised documents can be stamped with an apostille and then sent to China without going through the Consulate.

不再需要中国领事馆的合法化手续

在过去,来自澳大利亚的文件必须由澳大利亚公证律师公证,经由澳大利亚外交贸易部(DFAT)认证,然后在中国领事馆进行合法化。从2023年11月7日起,前往中国的文件不再需要进行合法化手续。

现在,替代了原有的三步合法化流程,变成了一个两步的使馆认证流程。经过公证的文件可以盖上使馆认证章,然后直接发送到中国,无需再通过领事馆的认证程序。

Is the apostille process better?

We’ve helped clients send their documents to China for the last 20 years. The legalisation process for documents going to China was never easy. Dealing with the Chinese Consulate has always been ‘challenging’. In the last year, the Consulate outsourced its legalisation functions for non-Chinese nationals to the China Visa Application Service Centre. Dealings with the China Visa Application Service Centre were also just as ‘challenging’.

We’re glad that the legalisation process for China is now behind us. Not only is the apostille process faster (ie, 2 steps instead of 3 steps), but it’s also cheaper and with fewer headaches or uncertainties. In that sense, the apostille process for China is better than the traditional legalisation process.

使馆认证流程更好吗?

在过去的20年里,我们帮助客户寄送文件到中国。寄往中国的文件合法化过程从未轻松。处理中国领事馆始终是一项具有挑战性的任务。在过去的一年里,领事馆将其非中国籍人士的合法化职能外包给了中国签证申请服务中心。与中国签证申请服务中心打交道同样具有挑战性。

我们很高兴中国的合法化流程现在已经过去。不仅公证流程更快(即,2个步骤而不是3个步骤),而且更便宜,也更少出现麻烦或不确定性。在这个意义上,中国的公证流程比传统的合法化流程更好。

How do we help with the apostille process for China?

In Australia, DFAT is the issuing authority for the apostille. DFAT can stamp an apostille on original Australian government documents or documents that have been notarised by an Australian notary public.

As a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney, we provide notary public services for documents going to China. We also maintain regular appointments with DFAT for apostille applications and collections. This means we’re able to offer confidence and certainty when it comes to notarising and stamping documents with an apostille. If you’re sending documents to China, let us help you with your notary and apostille requirements.

我们如何协助进行中国的海牙认证流程?

在澳大利亚,DFAT 是海牙认证的颁发机构。DFAT 可以在原始的澳大利亚政府文件或由澳大利亚公证律师公证的文件上盖章海牙认证。

作为悉尼领先的公证服务提供商,我们为前往中国的文件提供公证服务。我们还定期与 DFAT 安排海牙认证申请和领取文件的预约。这意味着在公证和盖章海牙认证文件时,我们能够提供信心和确定性。如果您需要寄送文件到中国,请让我们帮助您处理公证和海牙认证的需求。

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Ern Phang, Notary Public
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Notary Public

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