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El Salvador

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El Salvador country brief

Warm relations based on people-to-people links.

Key engagement

Large Salvadoran diaspora in Australia.


Modest trade potential in clean energy and wastewater management..

Bilateral relations

Australia and El Salvador formally established diplomatic relations in 1983.

In response to the civil war in El Salvador, between 1983 and 1986 Australia accepted around 10,000 Salvadorans under the Special Humanitarian Program. The Salvadoran community in Australia is estimated at 20,000. Australia is home to the third largest Salvadoran community living abroad.

Foreign relations

Australia and El Salvador are members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), United Nations (UN), and United Nations organisations.

El Salvador is a member of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Central American Integration System (SICA).

Both Australia and El Salvador are observers of the Pacific Alliance.

Australia is an observer of SICA.

Australia's foreign policy is guided by the Foreign Policy White Paper.

Fast facts

El Salvadoran visitors to Australia (2019 Dept of Home Affairs) #
Australian visitors to El Salvador ((primary destination (2019 Dept of Home Affairs) # *
Resident Australian population born in El Salvador (2016 Census)
Australian residents of Salvadoran descent (2016 Census)
El Salvadoran Working Holiday Makers (2019 Dept of Home Affairs)
Salvadoran students in Australia (2019 Dept of Education)

# This data is owned by Home Affairs. It provides quarterly updates to this data on its website.

* El Salvador reports the number of Australian visitors as 2,532 in 2018 (

High level engagement

2017 – Australian Special Envoy for Human Rights, the Hon Phillip Ruddock MP, visited El Salvador.

Agreements with El Salvador

No bilateral agreements between Australia and El Salvador

Public diplomacy

Through the Direct Aid Program, the Australian Government provides financial support to a range of projects in El Salvador, and in 2020 is pivoting resources to support recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.

Economic diplomacy

The Australian Government supports Australian investors in El Salvador by providing support and advice on political, economic and regulatory environments.

Australia engages with El Salvador on agricultural trade, particularly in the dairy industry, and works to gain market access for Australian agricultural companies, particularly edible fats producers.

Economic and trade information can be found in our Economic Factsheet for El Salvador.


Austrade aims to attract foreign direct investment into Australia. It also identifies market opportunities and promotes the capabilities of Australian exporters and education providers.


Austrade offices

Australian Embassy in Mexico

Ruben Dario 55
Col. Polanco
Mexico City 11580

Tel: 52-55-11012200


Facebook: Australia en México, Centroamérica, Cuba y República Dominicana

Twitter: @AusEmbMex


See Smartraveller for information on travelling to El Salvador:

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