To visit mainland China, most foreign travelers need to obtain a visa from the Chinese embassy or consulate in their country. To apply for a visa, you will need to present your passport, invitation letter and etc. Please contact the Chinese embassy or consulate in or near your city for complete requirements.
While you are in China, you can travel to almost all Chinese cities. So you can either go to Shanghai directly or go to Shanghai from another city of mainland China.
1. To obtain a tourist visa
China is open to overseas tourists from almost all countries. You can easily apply and visit China as a tourist and do not need to present an invitation letter from China. There is no difference between a tourist visa and a business visa for visiting ReChina Expo in Shanghai, China.
2. To obtain a business visa
To apply for a business visa from the Chinese embassy, you will need to present an invitation letter in addition to other documents. You may get the official invitation letter from you business partners or friends in China.
Some embassies of China may accept the invitation letter issued from Shanghai Grand Expo Co., Ltd. the official organizer of ReChina Asia Expo. You can just download the Invitation Letter for ReChina Asia Expo 2014, fulfill and print out.
3. 72-hour visa-free stay in Shanghai for 45 countries start from Jan. 1st 2013
As approved by the State Council, start from Jan. 1st, 2013, Shanghai allows transit passengers from 45 countries to stay in the city for 72 hours without a visa.
Transit passengers holding third country visas and plane tickets can enter Shanghai without visa, through the city's two airports - Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) and Pudong International Airport (PVG).
The 45 countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar.
The 72 hours visa-free policy is of particular benefit to transit passengers and business people. Visitors from the 45 countries can take advantage of the policy to visit ReChina Expo in Shanghai.