When someone close to you dies abroad, it can seem like a logistical nightmare to bring them home for the funeral. Where do you even start? What do you have to do? Who do you have to approach? You might be confused about a lot of other reasons too. Transporting a dead body or the remains of a deceased person from one country is called repatriation.
For example, if a friend or family member dies on holiday, a repatriation service will help you get their body back home. If they died in the country, they settled in but wished to be buried somewhere in India; a repatriation service may help.It may sound daunting to arrange repatriation, but if you’ve chosen a repatriation service company to take care of the procedure, their team will do most of the work for you. This can encourage a little bit of a difficult time.
Different countries have different body repatriation guidelines, which mean the steps below, could be slightly modified depending on where you are. It is best to check with your selected provider for repatriation.So, here is a detailed procedure and steps you need to follow for dead body transport.
Repatriating the body by oneself
If you are traveling with a group of people or on a package holiday and your loved one pass away, the representative of the travel company will help you do this. Otherwise, if you are in India and someone close passes away in abroad, you need to contact the embassy. You then need to register one’s death and inform the local authorities. Keep all the documents that are necessary to transport the body.
Choose a repatriation providing company
Comparing a few repatriation providers on cost and what’s included before choosing one is a good idea. Once you’ve picked the company, they’ll send a local funeral director to take care of the person who died. The person who died will be embalmed-this is a standard requirement to repatriate the body after death by plane.
Keep a tab on whether the travel insurance policy covers the repatriation. Repatriation can be expensive, but a travel insurance policy can cover the cost of removing the person who has died. It’s a good too closely check the system and understand how the cover is going to work, and how to assert it.
All the paperwork needed to repatriate the body will be taken care of by the repatriation providing company. The following documents are required to transport the body.
- Original copies of the death certificates released by the local authority.
- All the belongings of the deceased, including passport.
- Need burial and traveling permissions.
- Providing the embalming certificate.
- A letter from the health department for non-contagious disease certificate
- Casket – no restriction.
- Embassies inspection not required.
Once the dead body is repatriated, you can arrange for a funeral service. Generally speaking, to repatriate the body to India takes about 5-10 working days, from the date local authorities release the deceased after releasing the letter of authorization.