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Republic of Costa Rica


Brazil and Costa Rica established diplomatic relations in 1906. Due to its long democratic tradition and active international role, Costa Rica represents a factor of stability and balance in the Central American isthmus and a relevant partner to Brazil.

Brazil and Costa Rica foreign policies share certain similarities, including positions on neutrality, non-intervention and the peaceful settlement of disputes. The country also demonstrates a commitment to conservation of the environment, protection and promotion of human rights, support for democracy, disarmament, regional integration and trade liberalization.

The bilateral agenda has benefited from agreements between the two countries on the candidacies for international organizations and similar positions on specific matters, such as the Venezuelan crisis. Another positive aspect is the visit to Brazil of the then foreign minister Manuel González Sanz, in 2018, who held a successful meeting with his counterpart Aloysio Nunes Ferreira on the occasion of the World Economic Forum on Latin America, in São Paulo.

In 2017, bilateral trade totaled US$ 335.2 million, 4.5 percent below the 2016 result. Brazilian exports reached US$ 277.7 million (82.8 percent of the total trade flow) while imports amounted US$ 57.5 million. Bilateral trade balance accounted for a Brazilian surplus of US$ 220.2 million.

Chronology of Bilateral Relations

1906 – President Afonso Pena signs a decree establishing the legations of Brazil in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama

1953 – The diplomatic representation in San Jose is elevated to embassy status

2000 – Visit of president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, the first of a Brazilian leader to Costa Rica

2008 – Visit of  president Oscar Arias to Brazil

2009 – Visit of president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to Costa Rica

2011Visit to Brazil of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Costa Rica, René Castro Salazar (Brasília, March 30-April 5) [Documents signed / Spanish]

2013Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Costa Rica, Enrique Castillo (Brasília, August 20)

2014 – Visit of president Luis Guillermo Solís to Brazil on the occasion of the Presidential Meeting between Brazil, China, the Quartet of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), Mexico and South American countries

2015Visit of presidente Dilma Rousseff to San Jose on the occasion of the Third Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States –  CELAC (January 28-29) [Documents approved]

2018 – Meeting between foreign ministers Aloysio Nunes and Manuel Gozález Sanz, held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in São Paulo




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