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Personal Certificate Attestation for China

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Personal Certificate Attestation for China

In order to live and work in China, the country’s embassy needs to attest certain personal paperwork and certificates. This authenticates these documents so that they will be accepted by Chinese authorities.

However, this process tends to be drawn-out and confusing, as well as expensive if done incorrectly. This is why our personal document attestation for China is so useful, authenticating birth certificates, university degrees and passports on your behalf. We also offer an international delivery service to our customers outside of the UK via DHL.

Important Notice: Please note that due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) all services will be subject to potential delays. We will endeavour to get your documents processed as quickly as possible but we have no control over the speed of solicitor, FCO and embassy stamping services. We thank you for your patience in these difficult times.

GulfVisa's certificate attestation for China process

We provide an all-in-one solution to attest your documents quickly and simply. The three stages, in order, are:

1. Your documents are stamped by a solicitor

2. We take the papers to be verified by the British Foreign Office (FCO)

3. Finally, your certificates get attested by the Chinese embassy in London


The following documents do not need to be authenticated by a solicitor, and will only need to be verified by our FCO & China embassy attestation service:

- Original UK Birth certificate

- Original UK Marriage certificate

- Original UK Death certificate

- Original ARCO UK police clearance certificate

- Original Original Medical reports signed by a British doctor registered with the FCO Legalisation Department


How to attest your personal documents for China

1Prepare all relevant documentation
Please send us the following:
  1. Your personal documents 
  2. The completed GulfVisa document attestation form, which you can download by clicking the button on the right
Download Application Pack (forms & requirements)
— OR —
Send the forms & requirements by email:
2Choose the certificate attestation for China service you need
We offer a discount for those who require three or more documents to be attested. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to see who your documents must be attested by. Please note: the embassy is currently working on an appointment system due to COVID-19, therefore the speed of service will be influenced by when the next appointment can be made. 
All-Inclusive GulfVisa Price: £197.00  per document
Select which institutions you require attestation from?
Select your document attestation service?
No. of Document(s) / Applicant(s)
3Post (or drop off) the requirements to our GulfVisa office:

Do I need to send the original document or a copy?

Although a solicitor will usually only stamp a copy of the document, they still must see the original, so it must always be provided as well. The only original documents legalised by a solicitor are non-ACRO police certificates.

If your document is indeed exempt from solicitor stamping, your original will still be stamped by the FCO, as the agency does not accept copies in this instance.

Non-ACRO Police Certificates

Non-ACRO police certificates require attestation from a solicitor before being stamped by the FCO and the Chinese embassy. Please choose the ‘Solicitor + FCO + China Embassy Attestation’ option for these documents.

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Why do I need certificate attestation for China?

Attestation proves that official certificates are legal and genuine within China. The Chinese government will only recognise documents verified in this way.

Who requires certificate attestation for China?

Anyone looking to live or work in China will need to produce documents that have been attested. For example, you could be denied entry to the country without an authenticated passport, while China degree attestation may be required for you to work there.

Which personal documents need certificate attestation for China?

If you are planning to live and work in China, it is likely that the following documents will need to be attested:

  • Passports
  • Driving licences
  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage certificates
  • Death certificates
  • University degree certificates
  • Police certificates (ACPO, ACRO and NPCC)
  • Personal power of attorney (to buy a property)
  • Health certificates
  • School reports
  • GMO products certificates

Which personal documents must be stamped by a solicitor?

  • Passports
  • Driving licences
  • Non-ACRO police certificates
  • Police letters
  • Degree certificates (including PhD)
  • School, college or university letters and certificates
  • Educational certificates (A-levels, O-levels, GCSEs, diplomas, GNVQs and NVQs)
  • Other academic certificates (such as TEFL, TESOL, TESL & Language Studies)
  • Diplomas and awards
  • Teaching qualifications
  • Power of attorney
  • Employment letters
  • P60 tax returns
  • Transcripts of study
  • Membership and fellowship certificates
  • Court documents, such as probates, decisions and decree absolute records
  • Criminal record checks (CRB)
  • No impediment certificates
  • Affidavits witnessed by a solicitor or notary
  • Certificates of good standing from Companies House
  • Companies House documents signed by the registrar
  • HMRC certificates of residency
  • HMRC letters signed by an HMRC officer
  • Certificates of free sale rural payments agency
  • Notary access Northern Ireland
  • Subject access reports
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