In accordance with Article 12, second paragraph, the accession will have effect only as regards the relations between the People’s Republic of China and those Contracting States which will not have raised an objection to its accession in the six months after receipt of the present notification. This six-month period will end on 8 September 2023.

The Convention will, in accordance with its Article 12, third paragraph, enter into force between the People’s Republic of China and the other Contracting States, which have not raised an objection to its accession, on 7 November 2023.


This Convention applies to the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao, as a result of extensions made by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Portugal, respectively. When Hong Kong and Macao were restored to the People's Republic of China on 1 July 1997 and 20 December 1999, respectively, China declared that the Convention will continue to apply for Hong Kong and Macao.

Date of entry into force of the Convention for Hong Kong: 25 April 1965; date of entry into force for Macao: 4 February 1969.