Relations between Switzerland and El Salvador are good although not very intensive. Switzerland's interests in El Salvador are represented by the Swiss embassy in Costa Rica.
Bilateral relations Switzerland–El Salvador
Key aspects of diplomatic relations
Political relations between Switzerland and El Salvador are relatively modest. Switzerland's diplomatic and consular tasks are handled by the Swiss ambassador based in San José (Costa Rica). Switzerland and El Salvador have concluded agreements on the promotion and protection of investments.
Switzerland does a small amount of trade with El Salvador. In 2019, Switzerland imported goods worth CHF 2.7 million, mainly textiles and machines. It exported goods to El Salvador worth CHF 12.2 million. Switzerland's main exports to El Salvador are machinery, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
Cooperation in education, research and innovation
Researchers from El Salvador can apply to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.
Swiss nationals in El Salvador
According to statistics on the Swiss abroad, there were 437 Swiss citizens living in El Salvador at the end of 2019.
History of bilateral relations
In 1913, Switzerland opened its first consulate in San Salvador, which was upgraded to a consulate general in 1959 and to an embassy in 1968. In 1979, Switzerland closed its embassy following the murder of the chargé d’affaires. A consular agency was opened in 1982. In 1997, the agency was transformed into an honorary consulate general. Since this date bilateral relations have been handled by the Swiss honorary consulate general in San Salvador and by the Swiss embassy in San José.
El Salvador, Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (de, fr, it)