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International Repatriation

Specialist in Overseas International Repatriation to and from Australia.


International Repatriation & Deceased Transfer

When a person passes away, it can be an extremely difficult and emotional time for their loved ones. This is particularly true if the death occurs far away from home. It requires a specific set of skills and expertise to handle the preparation of the deceased, as well as navigating the complex and often confusing documentation and procedures involved in international repatriation. Based in Melbourne, our team of trained and highly qualified professionals are here to guide you through this challenging time.

Our staff will work with you every step of the way to make sure that all legal requirements and laws are met. This may include liaising with coroners, hospitals and doctors, health departments, death registration departments, airlines and agents, and consulates, embassies or the Department of Foreign Affairs. We also understand that certain cultural or religious requirements may need to be taken into consideration, and we can guide you through these processes, including working with churches, ministers, priests, and other religious or cultural experts.

Above all, we are committed to ensuring that we meet all of your needs, and that the transfer of the deceased is as smooth and expedient as possible, giving you peace of mind during this difficult time. Please note that we are available to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We send deceased home all corners of the world at Robert Nelson Funerals
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Identification Documents of the Deceased
For international repatriation overseas the deceased passport is normally required, but may includes other identity documents from the country of destination

Destination Details
Repatriation Overseas requires details of country , state, (province) town of destination, including full name, address and contact details of receiving funeral director or person to collect the deceased at the destination. Including name and address of burial or cremation ground at the final destination.

Are You Accompanying Your Loved One?
International repatriation overseas, can have complex inter connecting flight schedules. While some families prefer to travel on the same aircraft as their loved one from Melbourne , it is not necessary to do so. If you prefer to travel together we can assist in coordinating flights. we suggest you talk to us first.

Details of the Person Organising Repatriation
Details of the next of kin  responsible for organising repatriation include Full name, contact details and relationship to the deceased.


How long Does it Take to Send Someone Overseas? You should allow at least 7 – 10 days for international repatriation from Melbourne, however it will always depend on where your loved one is travelling and the country we need to coordinate with. 

Payment Payment in full is required prior to the deceased leaving Melbourne, Australia. International repatriation costs can vary considerably depending on destination, airline, transit, weight and statutory fees

Is Embalming Required? Yes, it is an international airline and statutory requirement of many countries that the deceased has been properly prepared and sanitised. This prevents the need to keep the deceased in a cooled environment and aids the maintenance of the deceased during their travels. 

Can I Have A Funeral Here before Departure? Yes, many families choose to have service here in Melbourne before overseas departure, to enable relatives and friend to also be part of the funeral process

Requirements for bringing human ashes into Australia or exporting ashes out of Australia There are no requirements for bringing cremated remains into Australia or taking cremated remains out of Australia.  It is important that the urn or container is completely free of contaminant such as soil, containers made from wood must be declared. Most international airlines do allow human ashes to be carried by passengers on international flights. In this case, it is recommended that you contact the airline or shipping line prior to travelling as they may have requirements to be met when human ashes are carried by a passenger or included in luggage. You do not need to declare human ashes on arrival in Australia through the Incoming Passenger Card. We recommend you check with the country the ashes will be brought from for their export requirements. A list of foreign embassies and consulates in Australia can be found on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. A list of Australian consulates overseas can be found on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

Postage of human ashes into and out of Australia If the human ashes are to be sent via post, please check with Australia Post for any requirements.While there are no restrictions on the postage of human ashes from a Department of Health perspective, many shipping companies’ internal policies will not allow the postage of human ashes overseas . This will be at the discretion of each individual business.It should be noted that international postage of human ashes will be determined by the regulation of the destination country. We recommend you check with the country the ashes will be posted to or from for their postal requirements. A list of foreign embassies and consulates in Australia can be found on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

Travelling with Cremated Remains Always check with your international airline prior to arriving at the airport to ensure you are able to travel with cremated remains overseas and establish any specific requirements before arriving at the airport. The container used to hold the ashes must be free from contaminants such as soil. The container and packaging for the ashes may be inspected or examined. Passengers travelling with human ashes require an official document from the crematorium confirming contents, in Melbourne the crematorium will issue this document, many do it as standard practice.  Weight cannot exceed 7kg and the container must be sealed properly to stop any leakage. It is often best left in the crematorium packaging as it is usually very secure and not made of metal. Please note the container will need to be screened.