If your loved one died abroad, their death must be investigated and registered according to the laws of that country.
The British Consul of that country may be able to help you to register the death there, and to help you either to arrange for a funeral there or to bring the deceased home to the UK. They will not be able to provide financial assistance.
If the person who has died was employed overseas, or travelling with a holiday company, or had travel insurance, contact the appropriate company as soon as possible. They will be able to help.
All bodies brought into the country have to be notified to the Coroner in the district where the funeral is to be held. Your funeral director will help you with this. The Coroner will decide if any further investigation of the death is needed. If they decide no further investigation is needed they will instruct the Registrar to issue a certificate of no liability to register, which replaces the green certificate. This gives permission for burial. If the funeral is to be a cremation, the Coroner will issue a cremation form 6, allowing it to go ahead.
If you are not sure what to do, contact us, as we have funeral directors who specialise in repatriating people who have died abroad.
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