Once the decision is made to repatriate the body out of England and Wales, the local coroner should be approached for an ‘Out of England’ certificate. If the person died in Scotland, but you’d like to bury them overseas (which can include England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands), then you’ll need:
- Certificate of no Liability to Register – you can get this from the registrar at the place of burial in England or Wales
- Death Certificate, or letter from the Procurator Fiscal (coroner) in Scotland – provide this to the registrar and sign a declaration form at the office in England or Wales
Every country has different regulations, so it will depend on where you would like to bury the deceased. Some countries insist on investigating before the body can be repatriated from Scotland. If this is the case, the Procurator Fiscal will be involved to issue a Furth of Scotland letter to the person responsible for moving the body.
If you wish to repatriate a body from Northern Ireland, you’ll need to follow the same procedure as you would in England or Wales.