When you die abroad…

When you die abroad…

How much does it cost to bring a body home?

A family member’s death is an extremely trying period. Therefore, the stress on the families only grows when a death occurs abroad and the corpse of the deceased must be organized for repatriation. Have you just lost a loved one and want to bring the deceased’s body home from or to another country? Do you understand the steps involved, how long it takes, and how much it costs to carry a body by plane? Make sure your Insurance policy offers you a comprehensive manual for setting up the best possible airborne repatriation of a body from abroad.

 Bereaved relatives must first inform the local authorities when a death happens abroad so that they can determine the cause of death and confirm the identity of the deceased. They are the ones who will issue the authorization for the funeral repatriation via air transport. Additionally, the death must be reported to the local civil registry office and the French authorities on the territory must be informed in order for the body to be able to be returned to the home country legally.

Nota Bene: The repatriation process is typically longer if the reason of death is attributed to an accident, homicide, or suicide. In fact, the causes of death then trigger in-depth medical-legal investigations or the launch of an inquiry.

When a relative passes away abroad:

Make contact with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who can instruct you on how to get the corpse of the deceased repatriated.

 Do you want to inter a relative’s remains in their nation of birth?

It is perfectly conceivable to carry out the deceased’s request for a funeral and burial in his or her own nation if they made that request known. Repatriation will be more expensive to arrange than a burial in the nation where the deceased was born.

What procedures must be followed when returning a body for burial?

Announcing the person’s death to the local authorities

Making a repatriation request

Obtaining a death certificate issued by a doctor

The go-ahead to shut the coffin

You can go to our appropriate pages for information about body repatriation to Algeria or Morocco.

What prerequisites must be met for body air transport?

It is definitely required to put it in beer for a funeral that is being flown. Some nations demand that conservation measures be taken before receiving the body on their soil. Additionally, a coffin that is airtight must be used. Find out if the deceased had any other insurance policies, such as a prospective funeral guarantee contract. Learn more about the laws that are in effect in the various nations.

 An airtight coffin is what?

The usage of a standard airtight coffin, often known as a “leaded coffin” or “zinc coffin,” is mandated by airline corporations and legal norms. This traditional wooden casket has edges that are at least 22 mm thick. According to IATA requirements, the coffin also has a purifying filter and is hermetically sealed with an identification plate by cold resin welding. At the time of departure, a certificate will be required.

 How long does it take to return a deceased person’s body?

Repatriation should be given a minimum of two days because occasionally delays are required. The conveyance of the body to the location of burial in the country of arrival is taken over by the undertaker.

 What is the price of repatriation?

A repatriation costs between €2,000 and €5,000, however other considerations go into determining the final cost:

Optional coffin

Thanatopraxy and post-mortem care

The scene of the death

The final location (cemetery, etc.)


The burden of the casket

Relatives or family members traveling with the casket

Find out the cost of transportation or other fees if the deceased had insurance. The deceased person’s heirs are responsible for covering the costs, as necessary.

What is covered by funeral insurance?

The businesses that handle the repatriation of the body provide a range of coverage options. Other services may be provided in addition to helping with the costs of traveling to the funeral and repatriating the body. Therefore, we encourage you to thoroughly review the deceased’s funeral insurance contract. The following are some of the tools that can be used:

Helping you with the administrative and legal requirements to repatriate the body;

Psychological assistance for grieving families;

We would like to warn you that some nations, such as those at war or thought to be too hazardous for repatriation, are not always covered by funeral insurance. For further information, contact your insurance provider.

 What benefit does funeral insurance provide for repatriating a body?

A funeral insurance policy might be of two types:

The capital agreement

This agreement enables the surviving family members to receive a certain amount of money to cover funeral expenses.

The benefits agreement

This agreement covers both the capital contract and a bundle of services for planning the funeral. Additionally, it incurs the expenditures necessary for this specific sort of service (administrative, legal, etc.) and permits the repatriation of the body. Some contracts account for the surviving family members’ emotional support.

Are you covered to get your own body home if the worst happened , the last thing your family needs is to cough up to repatriate your body in their time of grief get in touch today and we can rest your mind that your family are spared this added grief.

Contact Tigon for a great quote on Life Insurance and make sure you are covered to get your body home!