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Santa Cruz Viru Viru (VVI) Airport

Santa Cruz Viru Viru VVI Airport Overview

Santa Cruz Viru Viru International Airport VVI is now Bolivia's busiest airport and serves the country's south-eastern part including  Santa Cruz de la Sierra, its second-largest and most industrialized city with over 1.5 million inhabitants.The City of Santa Cruz, located in the more tropical region of Bolivia, offers first-class hotels, fine restaurants, a great museum and colonial churches. Santa Cruz residents seem to be more of European heritage, and Spanish is the prevailing language.  
Viru Viru Airport is operated by Sabsa, a state-owned entity.

VVI Airport is located within the province of Andres Ibanez, is near the City of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, and can easily be accessed from motorway 7 (Santa Cruz-Montero).  Airport Contact: tel. 171 - 3385000.

With a long runway, and an estimated 0.8 million passengers a year, Viru Viru International Airport is hub to Boliviana de Aviaction and is served by a number of international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe.  American Airlines serves Viru Viru from Miami Airport.

Viru Viru International Airport has one passenger terminal. Among the services offered by the Airport are the following: for tourist, hotel & transportation information go to the booth located in the Main Hall. The banks and ATMs accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Electron, Maestro & Cirrus.  A foreign exchange service is available on the 2d floor of International Arrivals; duty-free shops and luggage storage are located in the connecting passage between the Main Hall and Domestic Arrivals. 
There are a number of places to eat and shop (duty-free is cheaper than anywhere else), as well as rental car facilities.

NOTE: When you arrive at customs,  the lines can be long - have your passport and yellow fever certificate at hand. 
Should you arrive without a visa, you can buy one right at the airport, which is good for a few months.  
Do not depend on the arrivals/departure boards as they are not always updated, but pay attention to announcements on the speaker phone.

Parking options at Viru Viru Airport for long- and short-term parking are available in covered and non-covered parking facilities.

To get from Viru Viru Airport to your destination:  Taxis are available outside, or call 385-2909). Minibuses run between the Airport and the Santa Cruz main Plaza (via Carretera al Norte), an estimated total distance of 15 km.
The City of Santa Cruz also offers rail connection (by Ferroviaria Oriental) to the Pacific, as well as to the Brazilian border town of Puerto Quiharro, connecting it to the Brazilian rail system.  

Present & future Airport developments:  The Bolivian Government in 2013 pledged to invest $125M in airport upgrades by the third quarter of 2014.  It is assumed that this sum of money is intended for the three largest airports.  No details are yet available.

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