Register the death
You must register the death in the country where your loved one died. The British Consul can help you do this.
You will then need to register the death with the FCO as well. You can get detailed information on how to register the death by filling in a short form online.
When you register a death you will need to provide personal information for yourself and your loved one, including passport number, date of issue and place of issue.
Check for repatriation insurance
Before beginning the repatriation process, it is important to check whether your loved one had taken out travel insurance. Most travel insurance policies include repatriation insurance, which could help with fees and other expenses.
If your loved one was on a package holiday, the tour operator may know details of their travel insurance and any repatriation cover.
Begin the repatriation process
If you wish to bring your loved one back to the UK, British Consular staff will help by putting you in touch with an international funeral director, such as Mears Repatriation.
Your loved one will need to be embalmed and placed in a zinc-lined coffin before it can be removed from the country. It may take some time to bring the body home, especially if a post-mortem examination is held.
Before you can bring your loved one home, you will need the following documents:
- A certified English translation of the foreign death certificate from the country in which the person died
- Authorisation to remove the deceased’s body from the country
- A certificate of embalming