The Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport is four miles north of downtown Puerto Vallarta. Over 450 flights per week bring travelers from all over the globe.
The airport is divided into two levels. The main level is the ticketing and arrival area. Passengers are ushered to Immigration once they disembark, where they take care of the paperwork necessary to enter the country.
After visitors give the agent the tourist information card filled out prior to landing, they receive a tourist visa. This visa MUST BE RETURNED upon departure from the country. If lost, another must be obtained from immigration in order to leave Mexico.
Customs is located in the baggage claim area. After baggage is retrieved, visitors proceed to Customs check-out counters where they press a button. If a green light is given, clearance is automatic; if red, baggage will be checked.
Beyond the Customs area is the main lobby where vacationers can find their tour guides, ground transportation and other services such as diners, shops, post office and currency exchanges. The upper level is the departure area, which requires a boarding pass to enter. Duty-free shops, restaurants and flight gates are located there.
Flights to Puerto Vallarta are available from coast to coast in the United States. Charter flights from Canada are available through Toronto and Vancouver. A list of U.S. cities and airlines to Puerto Vallarta follows: