Death - repatriation of bodies - abroad
If someone dies away from home, or away from the place in which they wished to be buried or cremated, you may wish to arrange for the body to be moved.
Some countries require a cadaver certificate before they will
allow a body into the country for burial. The certificate, if
issued, confirms that no epidemic of infectious disease occurred in
the borough for some three months preceding the death.
The formality of obtaining the cadaver certificate is usually
handled by the undertaker, making the arrangements on behalf of the
relatives. However, anyone can apply. The funeral directors will
also help with anything requested by the coroner and with
requirements of the authorities in the overseas country to which
the deceased is going. Some of these requirements may apply for
burial in another part of the United Kingdom.
The certificate is issued by the environmental health officer
for the council in whose area the person died, or is to be exhumed
from, before reburial elsewhere.