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Repatriation of bodies - England and Wales

Information about bringing the body of a deceased person into England or Wales

What does repatriation mean?

Repatriation means bringing a body back into England or Wales for burial or cremation where the death has occurred outside these countries.

What do I need to do to repatriate a body?

To bring a body back into England or Wales please contact the relevant embassy or Consulate for advice.

What documentation do I need for a certificate of no liability?

If the death occurred outside the British Isles you will need:

  • The death certificate
  • Any other documentary evidence of the death that you may have
  • Translations of the certificate or documentary evidence

If the death occurred in Scotland you will need:

  • The death certificate (alternatively a letter from the Procurator Fiscal giving both the place and the cause of death may be acceptable)

If the death occurred in the Isle of Man:

  • a form of acknowledgement given by a coroner in the Isle of Man after notification to them of the intention to remove the body from the island.

What happens if the death occurred at sea?

If the body is to be buried a certificate of no liability is required unless the matter has been referred to the Coroner for an inquest.

If the body is to be cremated please contact your funeral director for further advice.

What needs to be done before the body can be buried?

If a body is to be buried a certificate of no liability is required. Usually your funeral director will make the arrangements for obtaining this certificate; if not please contact the Registration Information Centre for an appointment.

What needs to be done before the body can be cremated?

If a body is to be cremated and the death occurred within the British Isles (Scotland, Northern Ireland Isle of Man or Channel Islands) a certificate of no liability is required. Usually your funeral director will make the arrangements for obtaining this certificate; if not please contact the Registration Information Centre for an appointment.

If a body is to be cremated and the death occurred outside the British Isles please contact your funeral director for further advice.

Where should I register the death?

The death should be registered in accordance with the local regulations of the country where the death took place. Please contact the relevant embassy or Consulate for advice.

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