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Repatriation of a deceased body abroad

Repatriation of a deceased body abroad

Some countries require an official document before they will let a body into the country for burial. The document is called a cadaver certificate. It confirms that no epidemic or infectious disease had occurred in the area for three months before the death.

How do I apply for cadaver certificate?

Obtaining a cadaver certificate is usually handled by the undertaker making the arrangements. This is done on behalf of the relatives. However, anyone can apply for the certificate. 

The funeral director will help with anything requested by the coroner. They will also help with the requirements of the authorities in the overseas country where the deceased is going. Some of these requirements may also apply for burial in another part of the UK. 

The certificate is issued by the Environmental Health officer from the local council in the area where the person died. This officer will also issue the certificate if the deceased is to be exhumed for reburial elsewhere.

Require more information?

For more information on all of our bereavement services, you can make an enquiry online:

  Make a Bereavement Services enquiry

Alternatively, you can contact us on crematorium@northlincs.gov.uk or make an appointment by calling 01724 747555.

Contact details

crematorium@northlincs.gov.uk

01724 747555

Bereavement Services Office 
Woodlands Crematorium
Brumby Wood Lane
North Lincolnshire
DN17 1SP

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 4.30pm

Friday: 9am to 4pm

Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays

Last updated: 04/09/2015