Non-resident Embassies Abroad
There has been some misinformation in the press with regard to what is known as “non-resident embassies”. For instance, it has been advertised that Itamaraty was to open an embassy in Funafuti, the capital of Tuvalu. This information is baseless.
Tuvalu and nearly other fifty States fall under the same case: they are countries in which Brazil does not posses a resident embassy, although diplomatic ties have been established. Formal contacts between Brazil and such countries are then carried out by the traditional institute of non-resident embassies, that is, through missions already established in nearby countries. Therefore, such cases do not constitute any additional costs to the Brazilian State, since there are no facilities or staff in these countries. In the case of Tuvalu, bilateral relations are carried out by the Brazilian Embassy in Wellington, in New Zealand.