Death of a relative: corpse/urn transport permit

Todesfall Enlarge image (© www.colourbox.com) Germany has very strict laws on how to handle human remains. As a general rule, all coffins and urns have to be buried in specially licensed graveyards. Private persons are not allowed to have urns in their possession. 

Therefore, all transport in Germany has to be handled by licensed funeral homes. Coffins and urns are best to be shipped by the Singaporean funeral home to a funeral home in Germany directly. Please clarify with the carrier what type of coffin is acceptable for transportation with them. No customs are charged for the import of a coffin/urn which contains the remains of the deceased person into Germany.

Corpse transport permit

Please submit the following documentation
1.
Certificate of death (original and two copies)
2.
Embalming certificate (original and two copies)
3.
Passport of the deceased (original and two copies)
4.
Information on the airline, flight no. and itinerary are entered into the corpse transport permit and therefore have to be given in detail

The fee for the corpse transport permit will be 25 EUR. The fees will be converted into SGD according to the current exchange rate of the Embassy. You may pay in cash or with credit card (Visa, Master). If you pay with credit card, the transaction will be processed in EUR. Further bank fees may apply.

Urn transport permit

An urn transport permit may be needed to send an urn to Germany. Please have the need for such a permit verified with your airline and receiving funeral home in Germany.

In case you want to ship a metal urn, please verify with the carrier if this is acceptable for shipment as the screening might cause problems. The urn has to be sealed, either through the funeral institute or through the German Embassy in Singapore.

The permit is issued by the German Embassy in Singapore.

The following documents have to be submitted:
1.
Certificate of death (original and two copies)
2.
Certificate of cremation with a confirmation from the funeral home that the urn contains the ashes of the deceased person (urn should be sealed and numbered) (original and two copies)
3.
Passport of the deceased person (original and two copies)

The fee will be 25 EUR. The fees will be converted into SGD according to the current exchange rate of the Embassy. You may pay in cash or with credit card (Visa, Master). If you pay with credit card, the transaction will be processed in EUR. Further bank fees may apply.

A Death Certificate can be obtained at the Registry of Births and Deaths:

Registry of Births & Deaths
Citizen Services Centre
3rd Storey, ICA Building
10 Kallang Road
Singapore 208718

Death of a relative

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