The legalisation convention is the convention abolishing the requirement of legalisation for foreign public documents, also known as the Apostille Convention (5 October 1961). This convention does not completely abolish legalisation but shortens the chain so that only a single action is required, the addition of an apostille. A document bearing an apostille does not require any further legalisation by the embassy or consulate of the country in which it is to be used.
Apostille for Hong Kong -
If your document originates from Hong Kong then it should be legalised by the correct authority where the document was created or issued. For any document issued in Barbados we suggest you try to contact the following apostille authority:
China (Hong Kong) -
Designated Competent Authority(ies):
The Administrative Secretary,
The Registrar of the High Court,
The Deputy Registrar of the High Court,
The Assistant Registrar of the High Court.
Address: Senior Judicial Clerk 1
Apostille Service Office
High Court Registry
High Court Building
Telephone: +852 2825 4694
Fax: +852 2524 2034
General website (see also "Practical Information") : http://www.judiciary.gov.hk/
Contact person: Ms Helen Lung (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Languages of communication: written: English, Chinese
spoken: English, Cantonese, Putonghua
Price: $125 HKD currency (aprox. USD$16)
Useful Links: http://www.judiciary.gov.hk/en/crt_services/apostille.htm
Documents Accepted for Apostille Service
Documents accepted for apostille service are broadly classified into the following two categories -
Public documents bearing the true signature of an official party such as a Hong Kong SAR Government recognized officer. For example,
(For certificates signed by civil celebrants or issued by the church/temple, please obtain a certified true copy from the Record Office of the Marriage Registry)
(With effect from 16 January 2012, applicant shall attach a print-
Documents signed by a notary public or a Commissioner for Oaths in Hong Kong. For example,
(a) Notary Public
(b) Commissioner for Oaths
Apostille service is provided at a fee of HK$125 per apostille. Please DO NOT send cash to the Apostille Service Office.
Normally only two working days (excluding Saturdays) are required to process the applications.
(1) To submit the application, the applicant should bring along the document requested for apostille service to the Apostille Service Office, High Court Registry at Room LG115.
(2) If the document is accepted for apostille service, the applicant then would have to pay the fee (by cash, EPS or cheque payable to “Government of Hong Kong SAR”) at the High Court Accounts Office at LG211 subject to acceptance and a receipt would be issued to him/her.
(3) On returning to the Apostille Service Office at LG1 and producing the payment receipt for checking a collection receipt would be issued for collecting the document which is submitted then.
(4) If the applicant is unable to collect the apostilled document personally, he/she may authorize a person to collect it.
(1) For applicants residing outside Hong Kong, they could send a person in Hong Kong to bring along the document and pay the fee in cash in person and collect the apostilled document on behalf of him/her.
(2) Alternatively, they could mail to the Apostille Service Office, High Court Registry the document and a bank draft for the processing fee ($125 per apostille) (in Hong Kong currency) payable to ‘Government of Hong Kong SAR’. The bank draft must be specified that it can be drawn in Hong Kong. Moreover, the applicant should bear any additional bank charges for the transaction.
(3) The apostilled document will be sent to the applicant normally by ordinary air-