Canada-Costa Rica Relations

As of January 2011 an there were an estimated 10,000 plus Canadian residents living in Costa Rica full time and another 133,000 that traveled there at some point during the year. With these number only going up we thought it would be good to look at the long standing relationship that has been held between Canada and Costa Rica.

The Canadians established their Embassy of Canada in San Jose in 1961, and since then have enjoyed strong bilateral relations with the small tropical Central American country ever since. In 2011 (yes that is the most recent date we could find stats from) the merchandise traded between the two countries topped $636 million, with $475 million of that being Costa Rican imports into Canada.

Even with such strong relations, in August of 2011 Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Costa Rica president Laura Chinchilla decided that it was time to update the Canada-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement (CCRFTA) that had been in effect since 2002. As of June 2012 negotiations have been moving forward with what has been called “significant progress” by both countries in this fourth round of negotiations.

In April 2012 the two countries entered into the Open Skies-type Transport Agreement allowing any of the two countries airlines to operate as frequently as desired between the two countries through and third party countries. The hope is that by opening the number of connecting points between the two countries, Airlines will be able to maximize the number of passengers on flight and cut the cost of tickets in the long run.

Embassy Locations


350 Sparks St. Suite 701 (Office Tower)?Ottawa, ON?K1R 7S8

Tel: (613) 562-2855?Fax: (613) 562-2582?E-mail:


Canadian Embassy in Costa Rica

The Canadian Embassy is located in Sabana Sur:?Behind the “Contraloría” in the?Oficentro Ejecutivo La Sabana?Building 5, Third floor

(506) 2242-4400

(506) 2242-4410 – Administration, Assistance to Canadians (Consular), Public Affairs?(506) 2242-4411 – Political Affairs?(506) 2242-4415 – Commercial Affairs

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