If the funeral will be taking place abroad, there are certain legal requirements that need to be fulfilled.

If a body is to be moved from England or Wales to Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, as well as elsewhere abroad, you will need to notify the coroner for the district in which the deceased is lying and complete a Removal Notice (form 104). Seren Funeral Services will deal with this form on your behalf.

Often this authorisation has to be requested at least four days before the person is to be moved to give time for any enquiries. Repatriating someone who has died from Scotland to elsewhere may not need the authority of the Procurator Fiscal. Please check with us so we can advise on your specific circumstances.

Repatriation may mean additional costs, for example caskets and embalming for repatriation have to conform to high specifications as well as the cost of the flight itself and costs in the destination country. A less expensive alternative is to have the cremation in this country with repatriation of the ashes/cremated remains. We will be able to advise on these choices and help with the necessary documentation.

Cremated remains may be carried to some countries in hand luggage (with a death certificate and a certificate from the crematorium and sometimes a consular seal) but please check with us or the consulate as each nation has its own regulations. Not everyone will be comfortable to carry cremated remains, but this is also a matter of personal choice.

Many countries require signed documents from an appropriate doctor that the deceased was not suffering from any condition that might pose a public health risk. We can arrange this.

A flight can be booked within a few hours for all repatriations and in addition our services include the following:

  • Full International Repatriation services to and from any country in the World.
  • Advice on all Repatriation documentation and Coffin requirements for:
    • UK authorities
    ◦◦◦◦ All Embassies and Consulates
    • All major airlines

  • Documentation delivery service for Embassies and Consulates in London.
  • Regulations differ from Country to Country and we are only too pleased to advise you on specific requirements for the required destination.
  • Translation services for official documents i.e. death certificates, invoices and reports. We alleviate any language problems often associated with probate when death occurs abroad.
  • Freight booking services, airway bill production and booking family tickets(special rates apply to most countries).
  • Collection and delivery service throughout the UK 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
  • Unsealing the repatriation coffin and removing the metal lining.
  • A range of coffins conforming to international shipping regulations (zinc lined, air-trays, Italian and French coffins).
  • Urns suitable for international transit including zinc lining of traditional wooden urns.
  • Embalming services suitable for all cases going to tropical climates.