We are experienced and qualified to arrange and provide advice for international transportation. Whether this is transporting the body of the person who has died or cremated remains, we are here to guide you through all the legal requirements.
For further no-obligation advice or a quotation for specific repatriation services, please get in touch with Elkin & Bell Funeral Directors in Gosport
Many airlines allow cremated remains to be taken outside of the UK as hand luggage; don't hesitate to contact us to discuss how we can help.
We can issue a signed 'Qualified Funeral Directors Declaration', which you may require for customs purposes; you will need to take this declaration along with a certified copy of the death certificate & the cremation certificate issued by the crematorium.
Not everyone will be comfortable carrying cremated remains, so we can arrange for professional transportation on your behalf within the UK and internationally.
Before you can repatriate someone who died in England & Wales, several legal requirements must be met before travelling. We can provide full support to you, and our services include:
*It is worth bearing in mind that a transportation coffin might not be suitable for burial or cremation for environmental reasons.
*Flights will need to be paid directly to the airline by you before travel.
If a person has died abroad and is travelling to England & Wales to have a burial or cremation, we are able to provide the following services to help support you:
*It is worth bearing in mind that a transportation coffin might not be suitable for burial or cremation in this country for environmental reasons.
Repatriation can be expensive, depending on the distance to be travelled and how the person who has died is transported. Before making a financial commitment, we advise you to check whether the person had travel insurance or private medical cover, which would help cover the costs. If they are covered, contact the insurance company as soon as possible.
If there is no travel insurance/private medical cover, as with many other countries, the government does not give financial assistance with the cost of repatriation. In that case, you may want to consider arranging for cremation if this is available in the country where the person has died, and travel back with the cremated remains, if cremation is not available in that particular country, you may want to hold a burial there, with a memorial service back in the UK.
On average, it takes ten to fifteen days to repatriate someone who has died to the chosen country. This can vary depending on circumstances:
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