- For the purpose of bringing back the mortal remains of an Indian national, registration of death at the concerned Indian Mission/Post is necessary, for which normally the following documents are required:
- Medical report / death certificate issued from a hospital
- Copy of detailed police report (with English translation, if report is in some other language), in case of accidental or unnatural death
- Consent letter from next of kin of the deceased for local cremation / burial / transportation of mortal remains, duly attested by a notary
- Copy of passport and visa pages
In addition to the above, other documents such as clearance and arrangements for embalming of mortal remains, clearance from local immigration/customs department, etc. are required. These procedures may differ from country to country.
While there is no undue delay in cases of natural deaths, the time taken in transporting the mortal remains to India is longer in the case of unnatural deaths, because of local procedures involved in those countries for investigating the cause of death.
Our Missions/Posts remain in constant touch with the next of kin of the deceased Indian national to facilitate the transportation or local burial of the mortal remains in accordance with the wishes of the family of the deceased. They also liaise with the concerned foreign officials to expedite procedures for the repatriation of mortal remains to India.
- In case no friend or relative is available to take care of the transport of mortal remains, you may authorize the Indian Embassy/ Consulate to make arrangements for transport of the mortal remains.
- Yes, the Indian Embassy can consider your request on a ‘means tested’ basis. You may be required to provide additional information to support your request.