Law For Transfer of Mortal Remains from One Country to Another

When a family member passes away, times already are tough for the family, but if this happens out of India and the mortal remains are to be brought back to India, then there is a certain legal protocol that needs to be followed.

Let’s know more about the documents and procedures for transferring the mortal remains from a foreign country to India. The documents that are required include –

Death certificate issue by the hospital
Detailed police report copy translated in English if in another language in case of accidental or unnatural death
Consent letter copy from the immediate relative of the deceased for local transportation and burial or cremation. It has to be attested by the notary.

Passport and Visa pages copy
Additionally the documents like clearance certificate from local immigration/ customs department, embalming arrangements and clearance certificate on embalming and infectious diseases is required. Though the documentation might vary from country to country.

Officers from ministry of external affairs are in constant touch with the kin of the deceased and even the official of the foreign country in order to expedite the procedure of repatriation to India.

At times the families run out of funds for transportation of mortal remains of their family member or relative. At this point you may allow the Embassy / Consulate to make the arrangements of transfer by authorising them. They might consider on a ‘means tested’ basis and you might have to submit additional documents if required.

Here’s a list of Certificates you’ll need for the transferred
Clinical Death Certificate
Passport Cancellation
Embalming Certificate
Non Communicable Diseases Certificate
Power of Attorney from legal heir
NOC from Indian Embassy

In some countries it can take from 2 to 3 days while in some from 2 to 4 weeks for the transfer.

*Source from the internet