International Body Repatriation

Body repatriation in the diaspora community is very common. A lot of the time the family of the deceased want the body back in their homeland. Here at Diaspora Insurance, we are one of the only firms that specialise in such services, because we know how important it is to have your loved ones close by, no matter what. We truly are here for the diaspora community.

What does repatriation mean?

In the unfortunate instance of death happening overseas, repatriation is the process of transporting the deceased person to another country. This may be that someone was abroad and wishes to be transported to their home country for their send-off, or that someone wishes to be laid to rest in a country different from their own.

Body Repatriation For Diaspora Communities

The death of a loved one is very stressful and emotionally taxing, it can be made even more stressful if the death took place in a foreign country. Many families in the diaspora community prefer to bury their loved ones in their native countries, and to do so they must go through a repatriation process. It’s simply the process of transporting the dead body or the ashes of the deceased to a different country.

Body Repatriation Process

The process of repatriation can be quite lengthy. We are committed to making this process as simple as possible for you and your family, and we will be with you every step of the way.

Below, we will walk you through the process of international body repatriation, and we will always endeavour to make this process as simple and painless as possible. If you have any questions about the repatriation process, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We will be happy to discuss your needs, from the cost of body repatriation to more information about the individual steps. 

Step One - Notify Authorities

First, you must notify the relevant authorities in the location where the person passed away so that you can register the death.

Take a deep breath. Once step one is complete, you’re on your way

Step Two - Documentation

Secondly, you must gather together all of the correct documents you need to begin the repatriation process. These include:

  • Death Certificate
  • Permission to transport the body back to the native country. This can be obtained by the coroner from the country where the loved one died.
  • Passports of the deceased will be needed upon arrival in the country of repatriation.

Step Four - Funeral Arrangements in Your Home Country

The last stage is arranging the funeral in the chosen location.

Step Three - Permission to Transport

Before the repatriation process begins, you must arrange for travel from the airport by private ambulance, hearse or any other way that you may wish.

The body should be transported to your appointed funeral director.

Step our - Funeral Arrangements in Your Home Country

The last stage is arranging the funeral in the chosen location.

Why Choose Diaspora Insurance?

Here at Diaspora Insurance, we are celebrating 10 years of business in 2022. In these 10 years, we truly have established ourselves as one of the leading firms in this essential industry.

Our phenomenal funeral cash plan insurance covers all the body repatriation costs and our team of experts will be on hand throughout the process to make it as easy and stress-free as possible.

With our insurance plans, you are guaranteed acceptance and, in the event of death, you will receive an immediate cash payout without any difficult paperwork or money going into arrears.

You can also join us with confidence as we are regulated in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA).

We want you to have the best possible service the whole way from covering yourself with us to the unfortunate event of a death.

Body Repatriation Post Covid

Before the coronavirus pandemic, the process of body repatriation was a lot smoother and a lot simpler.

Travel bans and travel restrictions add an extra challenge in successfully transporting the body of a loved one to a different country. Although it seems the end of the pandemic is nearing in the UK, many other countries still have strict rules that affect travel.

However, in most African nations, respecting the loss of a loved one overrides the potential health risks and logistical challenges that the body repatriation process may bring.

Cost Of Body Repatriation

There is no fixed cost. The price is fully dependent on where the body is going, which coffin the family chooses and whether it needs to be hermetically sealed or not (airtight).

While it is very difficult to give an exact price on the body repatriation process it typically can cost anywhere from around £2,000 to £4,000. The full cost will be covered by our Diaspora Funeral Cash Plan Insurance.

Body Repatriating From Major Diasporans Host Countries

We offer body repatriation services from numerous host countries that have huge diaspora communities. These include body repatriation from:

Qualifying Nationalities

Every diasporan originally from any of these countries (by birth, descent, naturalisation, marriage or registration) qualifies to be covered:

Frequently Asked Questions

Body repatriation is where the body of someone who has passed is transported back to their home of origin.
Step 1: Notify the relevant authorities Step 2: Gather together the correct documents Step 3: Arrange travel from airport at the destination Step 4: Arrange funeral in the country of origin
Travel bans and travel restrictions have made and continue to make the body repatriation process more and more difficult. So many countries are at different stages when it comes to their control of coronavirus, therefore, it can be difficult to safely move bodies from one country to another.