There are many reasons why a body or cremated remains may need to be repatriated overseas. The deceased may wish to rest in their homeland or have specific requirements regarding their remains.

Whatever the reason, Holy Cross Funerals has a vast range of networks spanning across the globe that can assist you in getting your loved one home safely and respectfully.

Our caring and professional Funeral Director will contact all the necessary parties to organise everything you need from repatriation paperwork through to official documents.

When going through the repatriation process you may be required to hand over the passport of the deceased, as this may be needed for processing by the Consulate of the country to which the deceased is returning

Some consulates require payment to process the paperwork. This is usually indicated to the Funeral Director when contact is made – some charge a fee, others do not.

The repatriation process can take several weeks depending on the circumstances surrounding the death, but if all goes according to plan, repatriation to overseas countries can happen in just days.

Please see below for the requirements of repatriation. Please note these are subject to change depending on the country:-

Requirements

  • Letter of non-contagious disease from Qld Health stating there was no epidemic in the community at the time of death. Signed and notarized.
  • Letter of non-contagious disease from the attending doctor or Coroner. Signed and notarized.
  • Burial and/or transit permit.
  • 1 x certified copy of the death certificate (subject to change depending on consul/country requirement).
  • Letter of preparation on funeral home letterhead with statement of contents of the casket. Signed and notarized.
  • No requirements on type of casket.
  • Zinc lined wood outer shipping container required.
  • Consul inspection arranged if required and fees paid for Authentication Documents where applicable.
  • Must have detailed flight itinerary.
  • Passport of the deceased.

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