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Consular legalisation of Chinese public documents
With the exception of the Special Administrative Regions of Macau and Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China is not a contracting party to the Hague Convention and the Hague Stamp or APOSTILLE is not placed on Chinese public documents.
In order for a Chinese public document to have legal effect in Greece, this should, in turn:
a. be translated from Chinese and be legalised by a Chinese notary public.
b. be legalised by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in the case of the Consular Office of the Embassy in Beijing) or the competent Foreign Affairs’ Office (in the case of the Consulates General in Shanghai and Guangzhou).
c. be legalised by the competent Greek Consular Authority in China.
Thus, a Chinese public document may be legalised by the competent Greek Consular Authority in China, only if it has been previously legalised by either the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the competent Foreign Affairs’ Office.
The consular legalization entails the legalisation of certain signatures of employees of either the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the competent Foreign Affairs’ Office (specimens of which are kept by the Greek Consular Authorities in China).
The consular fee levied for the legalisation of foreign public documents is 30 euros per document.
In order for Chinese public documents to be legalised by the Greek Consular Authorities, these should be presented to the Latter by the official courier of either the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the competent Foreign Affairs’ Office.