About Overseas Repatriation

Repatriation is the return of a departed loved one to their own country of origin or citizenship

The passing of a loved one is always distressing for family and friends, but becomes more difficult when the death occurs away from home.

Overseas Repatriation have the resources, knowledge and experience to provide you with the most reliable domestic or international transportation service.

We have over 20 years experience in domestic and international repatriations, whom are a highly trained, professional and dignified team that provide the highest standards of service to ensure an integrated and seamless transport of your loved one.

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Under international regulation, the commonly required documents for transportation of the body are:

  • Death Certificate
  • Medical Certificate of cause of death
  • Certificate of embalming
  • Transit Certificate from the health authority with a declaration of the status of certain infectious diseases
  • Deceased Passport


What happens if the death occurs where there is no...

Not all countries have an Australian diplomatic or consular post but there is usually an Australian post in the region. Under a consular agreement between Australia and Canada there are a number of locations where Australians have access to consular services through embassies and high commissions managed by the Canadian Government.

Does the next-of-kin have to travel to the country...

This is not necessary unless they wish to. The Australian mission in the country can assist by providing the next-of-kin with a list of local funeral directors, who will make the necessary funeral and repatriation arrangements on their behalf and in accordance with their wishes.

What should I do if my travelling companion dies?...

It is important that the death of any Australian overseas is reported to an Australian mission. Access to the directory of Australian overseas missions appears in the ‘Getting Help Overseas’ section of Travel Smart: Death Overseas.

How long will it take for the remains...

This depends on local regulations and circumstances. In some cases, it can take up to two weeks. It may take longer if, for example, there is a need for an autopsy/coronial inquiry to determine the cause of death.

What happens to the remains?...

The next-of-kin will be consulted and the Australian mission and local funeral directors will make every effort to meet the deceased’s or their relatives’ wishes.

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