Repatriating Human Remains Overseas

Often times when someone passes away in Australia family members may choose to send their body or ashes overseas.  There are many reasons this may occur.  It could be the person was in Australia temporarily on a holiday or they may have originally come from another country and migrated to Australia.

Regardless of the reason, generally the process involves documents having to be notarised to ensure that the proper health and regulatory steps have been followed according to the laws in Australia and the destination country.  The documents that need to be notarised include death certificates, travel documents and documents issued by the mortuary or crematorium regarding the treatment of the human remains.

After these documents have been notarised, they will also need to be stamped with an apostille or be authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, and legalised by the foreign office of the intended destination country.

It’s important to process these documents properly and they must be in order to avoid issues and delays with customs or problems in breaching various health regulations.  Given the sensitive and often urgent nature of repatriating human remains, it’s important to work closely with the mortuary or crematorium to ensure that all documents are notarised in a timely fashion.

If you need assistance in repatriating human remains overseas, especially if it needs to be done urgently, it’s important to inform the mortuary or crematorium right away to help arrange for their paperwork to be completed and sent to the notary public or made available to the notary so that information provided on the documents can be verified.

If you would like to book an appointment in my Melbourne CBD Office or Box Hill South Office, please click the button below to go to my notary booking page. The following page will outline fees associated with the appointment as well as booking information.