repatriation

Repatriation is the transportation of remains from one country to another.

If relatives or friends were travelling with the deceased, they should collect all valuables and luggage and bring them home. If there are no travelling companions, the next of kin should request an inventory of the deceased’s property to select the items they wish to receive and ask for an estimate of transportation costs.

Although loved ones and friends might want to meet the flight and the casket at the airport, this is likely to be prohibited for security reasons. Only the consignee, normally from the appointed funeral director, will be permitted to collect the coffin from the designated collection area. Customs clearance can take several hours.