In Costa Rica, Canada is represented by the Embassy of Canada in San Jose which opened in 1961.
Costa Rica is represented in Canada by an Embassy in Ottawa. Costa Rica also has consulates in Toronto and Vancouver.
Canada and Costa Rica enjoy strong bilateral relations. The two countries share similar views in many areas, including human rights, rule of law, security and free trade, as well as views on regional and international issues raised in multilateral institutions.
There are approximately 10,000 Canadian residents in Costa Rica and 133,000 Canadians traveled to Costa Rica in 2011.
Canada has a strong trade relationship with Costa Rica. Bilateral merchandise trade reached $636.5 million in 2011. Merchandise exports totaled $160.7 million in 2010 and imports from Costa Rica were $475.8 million.
The entry into force of the Canada-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement (CCRFTA) in November 2002 was a positive development in the relationship. Parallel agreements on environment and labour cooperation were also signed at that time. One of the main objectives of the CCRFTA is to create new opportunities for our respective business communities. During his visit to Costa Rica in August 2011, Prime Minister Harper and Costa Rican President Chinchilla announced the launch of negotiations to modernize the CCRFTA to include cross-border trade in services and government procurement. These negotiations are ongoing.
An Open Skies-type Air Transport Agreement between Canada and Costa Rica entered into force in April 2012. This Agreement allows any airline from Canada or Costa Rica to operate as frequently as desired between both countries and via any point in third countries. The Agreement gives our airlines greater flexibility and in turn means more options for travelers.
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