Repatriation of bodies abroad
Every country has its own regulations and you should check with the embassy or consulate for guidance.
The following documents are commonly required:
- Copy of the Death Certificate Registrar
- Certificate of Registration of Death, Form 14 Registrar
- Embalming Certificate Funeral Director
- Free from Infectious Diseases Certificate Attending
- Furth of Scotland Certificate for Fiscal cases Procurator
- Declaration as to Coffin Contents Funeral Director
- Air Waybill Documents, Flight Detail Summary Cargo Handling
- Customs Clearance H M Custom
The following documents may be required in addition:
- Faxed confirmation from receiving funeral directors
- Environmental Health Officer's declaration that the coffin is
zinc lined and has been hermetically sealed and will not create a
public health nuisance during transit and arrival.
- A declaration from the Local Environmental Health Department
that there is no epidemic of infectious disease in the area of
- The deceased's passport or authenticated copy or laissez-passer
- Consular sealing documents and receipts.
- Cremation forms B & C can also be useful.
If someone dies in Scotland, the death must be registered in the
Scottish registration district where the death took place. Please
note that it is illegal for the body to be buried or cremated
without certain specified documents being issued.
Repatriation of bodies to Scotland
When someone dies abroad or in England, Wales or Northern
Ireland you can bring the body back to Scotland once you have
received the certificate of death and an authorisation for the
removal of the body from the country of death from the appropriate
You can then arrange a funeral in Scotland. For this you
will need either an authenticated translation of a foreign death
certificate or a death certificate issued in England,Wales or
Northern Ireland, depending on the country of death.
You can however, if you wish, arrange a local burial or
cremation to avoid the expense of bringing the body back to