Transporting a Deceased Person

The following outlines the procedures involved in transporting a deceased to and from different countries. As part of our service, we offer assistance with the following procedures:

  • Obtaining authorization for the transport of the deceased person's remains to another country, including complying with international coffin standards.
  • Certificate for soldering including zinc coffin
  • Certificate for embalming - required for air transportation of the body
  • Legalization of the death certificate
  • Air passport for the corpse
  • Air Waybill
  • Apostille and Legalization
  • Certificate of non-transmissible disease issued by the appropriate authorities.

Each embassy has its own specific requirements and conditions. We will assist you in acquiring the necessary documents as per your embassy's requirements. We provide assistance in translating the necessary documents into the language of the relevant country.

Dealing with death abroad

The process of handling the remains is subject to the foreign country's law and customs regulations, and often requires using facilities that are very different from those in Denmark. International Burial Service assist in establishing a connection and serving as a mediator between families and funeral service providers located outside Denmark, including the deceased's home country. Our service is worldwide, however some of the popular destinations which we have dealt with include countries such as Germany, India, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, and the UK among others.

Required documents for international (outside Denmark) purposes.

  • Present a Danish passport or equivalent as proof of identity.
  • Obtain a foreign death certificate accompanied by a certified English translation.
  • The embassy or consulate may file or create a report of death.
  • Appoint an approved freight forwarder (speditør) to transport the expat coffin.
  • Provide consignee details.
  • Get in touch with the travel insurance provider of the deceased.
  • Procure an affidavit from the local funeral service provider which certifies that the coffin only contains the remains of the deceased and the requisite clothing and packaging materials.
  • A transit permit (ligpas) will be issued by the local health authorities at the port of embarkation, and it will accompany the remains.
  • A document certifying that the remains have been embalmed should be provided.
  • A certificate stating whether the deceased died due to an infectious disease or not should be provided.
  • Regardless of the foreign funeral provider that is being utilized, the International Burial Service will pick up the coffin from the local airports in Denmark.