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Legalisations & translations

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Due to current restrictive opening times at the Chinese consulate, expected time-frames for legalisation is 4 weeks. Unfortunately these timings are out of our control. We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.


In order to apply for a Chinese work visa (also known as Z visa) or to carry out certain commercial or personal activities in China, your document(s) must be officially legalised in the UK. Most UK-originated documents can be legalised / authenticated in the UK, this includes such documents as ACRO / Police disclosure certificates, professional, medical certificates, Degrees or Master Certificates, TEFL certificates, university degrees, PHDs, Diploma Qualifications, National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) certificates and Disclosure Scotland, birth / marriage certificates, and commercial documents such as Contracts, Certificates of Incorporation, Powers of Attorney etc. Please note that the legalisation process means that your original document will be stamped and signed by various official bodies.

There are 3 steps to complete in the legalisation / authentication process. We can complete ALL 3 steps or any of these steps as a separate service. Simply post the documents to us, we will do the legwork for you. Our all-inclusive fees include the fees charged by the Notary, the FCO and the Chinese embassy, VAT and our admin fees. The fees are per document.

STEP 1. Legalisation by the UK Notary Public duly registered at the FCO: £49.00 (1-2 working days).

STEP 2. Legalisation by the FCO: £59.00 (5-6 working days).

At this stage, the FCO will confirm the authenticity of your document(s) by attaching an apostille certificate to your document(s) and will legalise the signature, stamp or seal of a British public official such as a solicitor, a notary public, a registrar etc.

STEP 3. Legalisation by the Chinese Consulate: £79 (standard service, 5 working days) or £129 (express service, 3 working days).

At this stage your document(s) will be legalised and authenticated by the Consulate General of People’s Republic of China in the UK. We never use any outside couriers or organisations for handling your documents, our staff will personally deliver and collect your document)s) to / from the Chinese consulate. Please note that the Chinese consulate accepts documents for legalisation only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, this is when the count of processing days start.



In addition to your documents for legalisation, we will need a photocopy of your passport, a pre-paid self-addressed return envelope and the completed Legalisation application form (completed by TYPING).

Make sure to tick the "Visa" box in Part 4 of the form if you are legalising the documents for the purpose of applying for a work visa.

Documents for commercial purposes (like contracts) bear different fees, please contact us for more details.

Make sure all is ready above then send your documents to...

  • Travel Direct (UK) Ltd
  • CBC House
  • 24 Canning street
  • Edinburgh
  • EH3 8EG


    Payment is not required before we receive your application, as we will need to assess your documents first - not all documents require legalisation by the solicitors. Once your documents have been assessed, we will email you a link for the online payment. Payment can also be made by a bank transfer (Travel Direct UK ltd. Sortcode: 801120. Account: 06030445. SWIFT CODE/BIC: BOFSGB21002. IBAN: GB33 BOFS 80112006030445).


    Once the documents have been legalised, we can courier them to you within the UK, or to any country including China.


    We can also provide a translation service for documents that are required to be translated to and from Chinese and Russian. We offer a standard, non-rush translation service (deadlines negotiated by agreement) for documents of any length.

    A 24 hour service is also available for rush jobs. We will return your translation to you via e-mail within 24 hours of use receiving the job from you. Our promise to you is that we will not invoice you for the translation if we do not return the finished (completely word processed and proof-read) translation within this deadline. (Maximum document length 500 words – Russian only)

    Please e-mail us for a quotation including information such as:

  • > Urgency of required translation
  • > Number of words (approx)
  • > Type of document
  • > What format would you like the finished translation to be
  • > Any other information which is appropriate
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    Translation - Terms and Conditions

    1) Travel Direct (UK) Ltd will entertain no claims arising from mis-translation. It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure full cover is taken where appropriate or necessary. Permission to use copyright material should be sought in advance by the customer and written proof of this permission should be made available to Travel Direct (UK) Ltd.

    2) Travel Direct (UK) Ltd reserves the right to refuse any translation request. Travel Direct (UK) Ltd will not accept a translation assignment unless it believes that the translation can at that time be carried out to a suitable professional standard. A summary of the translator's qualifications can be obtained by written request.

    3) Travel Direct (UK) Ltd will not invoice the customer if a translation is not delivered by the agreed deadline, except where the delay is caused by circumstances beyond Travel Direct (UK) Ltd’s control.

    4) The customer will be invoiced upon delivery of the translation, which is to be paid within 14 days (applicable in the UK only). Travel Direct (UK) Ltd may ask for a credit card number for security. For non-UK clients, we require payment to be cleared through our bank account before work can commence. If the customer believes the translation to be sub-standard, Travel Direct (UK) Ltd will endeavour to resolve the situation, firstly by re-commissioning the translation at no extra cost to the customer, and if satisfaction is still not achieved will offer the client a suitable level of reimbursement.