Repatriation From Abroad: Returning Deceased To The UK
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Repatriation From The UK To A Foreign Country
A lot of people are attracted to the UK either as a tourist, to move, take up dual nationality or use ex Empire rights and to use British citizenship to work in the UK.
These will predominantly be quite good English speakers with relatives back home who can likewise do the same.
There are perhaps an equal number of European Union citizens and non Commonwealth citizens who have relatives in home nations where English is not a primary language.
Why do we focus on communication?
In every international situation clarity reduces worry, resolves situations quicker and if a British repatriation service speaks the same lingo this is far easier than one that cannot.
That’s why it is essential to firstly choose an international repatriation service that speaks you and your family’s language and also knows the ins and outs of the legalities to repatriate to the destination required.
For instance a UK based company can offer Germans, German speaking staff who can assist with repatriation back to Germany from any where in the world. We think it also important if you only deal with one person for the entire journey, someone who is dedicated to you and your service.
What Type Of Cover Is There For Repatriation?
How Much Does It Cost To Repatriate The Deceased?
The costs do vary, often those that are classed as International Funeral Directors can offer instant quotes from and to any destination or at least a guideline if possibly a minor airport is involved and secondary flight required.
A breakdown of some repatriation costs may involve:
- Payments will need to be made to an Airline freight company
- A local funeral director for preparation of the deceased
- The cost of a coffin plus a coffin seal to abide by international flight rules
- Dual certification, translated for both parts of the journey
- Local authority paperwork
- Translation services
- Arrangement if not already in place of the funeral itself
- The conveying of the deceased to airport before departure and to funeral home at destination.
Remember it is repatriation to a country, once on home soil the attending local Funeral Director who would have also been arranged between both parties will then transport the deceased to a final destination which may still be hundreds of miles away, though local national airports should ensure that is much less.
One company, Slaters, advertises their basic price to arrange everything as a standard all inclusive £1995 to anywhere in the world, with flight costs added on top. This could still be another £800 or more depending on the destination and airline.
Much like whole funeral plans there are pre paid repatriation plans. The plan offered by Slaters enables an instalment schedule which can be activated at the time of need once paid entirely. If you base yourself abroad and know you wish to be buried in another country it’s well worth planning for such a wish to occur.
Funeral Directors That Aid In Repatriation In Either Direction
If you already have a plan in place that doesn’t cover repatriation and you decide to undertake the task of getting the deceased home yourself, here are a few websites you may find useful.
That either provide the single repatriation service, are departments at Airlines for arranging freight / cargo or third parties on the ground who may be able to assist.
Funeral Plans That Cater For Transport Of Deceased To Another Country
These are some of the companies that can help with all the paperwork, authorisation and certification, with contacts globally to get the deceased and you home in the quickest most efficient manner.
helped me to decide that
I didn’t want to leave my kids with that kind of burden.”
Steve Bailey, Hertfordshire