Costa Rica country brief
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Australia and Costa Rica enjoy a warm relationship based on trade and cooperation in international fora.
Costa Rica is Australia's second largest trading partner in Central America. We jointly pursue common interests in multilateral fora, particularly the UN and UN organisations.
Trade and investment opportunities exist in Costa Rica for Australian businesses, including in renewable energy and professional services.
Australia and Costa Rica established diplomatic relations in 1974. Costa Rica opened an Embassy in Canberra in 2017 and has a consulate in Sydney.
Australia's Ambassador to Mexico hold non-resident accreditation to Costa Rica and Australia has an Honorary Consul in San José.
Australia and Costa Rica are members of the Cairns Group of agricultural exporting countries, World Trade Organisation (WTO), United Nations (UN), and United Nations organisations.
Costa Rica is a member of the Pacific Alliance, Central American Integration System (SICA), Organization of American States (OAS), Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC), Association of Caribbean States (ACS), Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, and other regional organisations.
Costa Rica is likely to accede to the OECD in 2021.
Australia's foreign policy is guided by the Foreign Policy White Paper.
- Costa Rican visitors to Australia (2019 Dept of Home Affairs) #
- Australian visitors to Costa Rica (primary destination (2019 Dept of Home Affairs) # *
- Resident Australian population born in Costa Rica (2016 Census)
- Australian residents of Costa Rican descent ((2016 Census)
- Costa Rican Working Holiday Makers visas granted (2019 Dept of Home Affairs)
- Costa Rican students in Australia (2019 Dept of Education)
# This data is owned by Home Affairs. It provides quarterly updates to this data on its website.
* Costa Rica reports the number of Australian visitors as 10,885 in 2019 (www.ict.go.cr).
High level engagement
- 2020 May – Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado Quesada both participated in COVID-19 virtual meetings
- 2017 September – Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel Gonzalez visited Canberra to open the Costa Rican embassy.
Agreements with Costa Rica
In 2020, the Australian Embassy hosted a webinar on Australia’s biosecurity expertise to combat Fusarium wilt of bananas. The event attracted over 180 participants from 13 different countries, including Costa Rica.
Through the Direct Aid Program, the Australian Government provides financial support to a range of projects in Costa Rica, including the social and economic empowerment of women in the Puntarenas area. In 2020, funding was pivoted to respond to COVID-19, including for the procurement of PPE and hygiene kits.
In 2018, the Council on Australia-Latin America Relations (COALAR) provided a grant to Somos21 Limited to connect and collaborate with people and institutions in Costa Rica
The Australian Government supports Australian investors in Costa Rica by providing support and advice on political, economic and regulatory environments.
Further economic and trade information can be found in our Costa Rica trade/economic fact sheet [PDF 30 KB].
Austrade aims to attract foreign direct investment into Australia. It also identifies market opportunities and promotes the capabilities of Australian exporters and education providers.
Opportunities exist for Australian business in the education, agriculture, information technology and communications, and infrastructure development
Australian Embassy in Mexico
Ruben Dario 55
Mexico City 11580
See Smartraveller for information on travelling to Costa Rica: smartraveller.gov.au