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If someone you know has passed away overseas or wants to be buried abroad, we can help you find the best UK-based repatriation funeral service to suit you and your family.
Our international repatriation services will help make the process simpler.
At Funeral Partners, we pride ourselves on creating tailored and unique funeral services. With years of repatriation and funeral experience, we can help you arrange the repatriation of a loved one, to or from anywhere in the world.
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What does repatriation mean?
In the instance that a death occurs overseas, repatriation is the process of transporting a deceased person to another country. Some British nationals who die in the UK express a wish to be buried or cremated abroad; all of our funeral directors offer repatriation from the UK.
How do you repatriate to or from the UK?
If you’re a UK resident or non-UK resident abroad planning repatriation to the UK, you need to register the death with the local authorities in the country where the person passed away. Find your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate.
If you are a UK resident in the UK and planning repatriation overseas, you can speak to someone 24/7, 365 days a year by contacting the London-based Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on 0207 008 1500.
How does repatriation from the UK work?
If your loved one wishes to be buried or cremated overseas, we can help you organise this. Once you have provided us with a copy of the death certificate, we will handle the preparation of all other documentation required to repatriate the deceased by air transport.
What paperwork is needed for repatriation to the UK?
If you are returning the body of a loved one to the UK, you will need the following documentation to accompany them:
- A certified English translation of the death certificate
- Permission to remove the body, issued by a coroner (or equivalent) in the country of death
- A coroner statement – if the death was unnatural or unexpected, a UK coroner will review these documents and decide if an inquest is necessary
- Passport of the deceased
How long does it take to repatriate a body?
This will vary depending on where the person passed away, but usually, if the person died of natural causes it will take between five to seven days to repatriate the body.
If there were suspicious circumstances surrounding the death, a post-mortem may delay repatriation by up to three months; but on average it takes ten to fifteen days to transport a loved one to your chosen country.
How much does repatriation cost?
Repatriation costs vary depending on travel, type of coffin and whether the coffin needs to be airtight. This could range from £2,000 to £4,000.
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Why use Funeral Partners?
Funeral Partners is the third largest funeral services provider in the country; with over 200 funeral homes, more than 650 employees and overseeing over 13,000 funerals, annually.
With our deep knowledge of the industry, we can help you navigate this difficult and potentially unknown time with care and respect.
For more information, please contact your local funeral directors where our dedicated team will be happy to discuss our international repatriation service.
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We felt blessed
Thank you for everything you and your staff did for my dad’s repatriation. Explaining each step helped us make decisions and feel in control of a very hard situation. We felt blessed to have you as our funeral director.
Dr Alex Gebreyes
Glasgow to Ethiopia
Helpful and supportive
HAVEN Funeral been exceptionally helpful and supportive in our effort to repatriate our late friend from Glasgow to Ethiopia.
They have been considerate of the circumstance and very diligent professionals in handling this on our behalf.
Cyprus to UK
Caring and thoughtful
Having my husband repatriated to the UK was made easier by Howard’s. They treated me in a caring and thoughtful way and kept me informed of times and destinations of my husbands journey to the UK from Cyprus.
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