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Translation and legalization of documents

The People’s Republic of China has signed up to the Apostille Convention which came into force for the country from 7 November 2023.

From that date, the legalization of deeds and documents issued by the Chinese and Italian authorities that fall within the scope of the Convention is replaced by the affixing of the Apostille.

As of November 7, the Consulate General of Italy in Chongqing has therefore suspended the consular legalization of Chinese documents. Applicants can directly contact the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the competent authority on the Chinese side for issuing the Apostille on documents issued in the country. Thus perfected, the Chinese document is directly recognized in Italy.

At the same time, it is suggested to inquire with the receiving Italian institution regarding the requirements on the format, content, deadline and translation of the Chinese document before proceeding with the request for the Apostille.

For a useful purpose, some addresses of notary offices located in the Provinces of this Consular District are provided.