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Germany - Shipping Requirements


Transport of Human Remains

1. Certified copy of Death certificate

2. Burial/Transit Permit

3. Passport of decedent

4. Embalmer's affidavit

5. Letter of non-contagious disease from State or County health office AND the attending physician (notarized)

6. A letter from the family requesting permission

7. Funeral home letter (notarized) stating: 1) only remains are inside the casket; 2) flight itinerary; 3) consignee's name, address, and telephone number;

8. Inspection by Consulate representative

9. No requirements on type of casket

10. No consul inspection is required ($20.00)

11. All wood shipping container with Zinc liner

Transport of Cremated Remains

1. If a family wants cremated remains to go from the United States to Germany, the family cannot carry the urn themselves. A private person is not allowed to have cremated remains in their possession in Germany. The urn needs to be shipped from a funeral home in the United States directly to a funeral home or cemetery in Germany. This is a long process.

2. After the cremation is done and you have received certified copies of death certificate, mail the following to a German Consulate:

o A Certified Copy of the Death Certificate (A Death Certificate with the cause of death marked "Pending" is acceptable)

o A Copy of the Cremation Permit from the Medical Examiner/Coroner

o A $55 Money Order Made Payable to the Consulate General

o A letter from the funeral home stating the following:

 You are requesting a "Certificate for Shipping Cremains"

 The name of the deceased

 The date of death

 The place of death

 The name and location of the funeral home that handled the cremation

 The name and location of the crematory that handled the cremation

 The date of cremation

 The cemetery where the urn is intended to be placed in Germany

o The passport of the deceased (if available)

o Any other documents that might help

3. Once you receive the "Certificate for Shipping Cremains" from the consulate, you will need to ship the urn to Germany using an airline.

o DHL, UPS, and FedEx do not ship cremated remains

o USPS does not ship cremated remains to Germany

o Airline fees vary greatly, so shop around

4. If the cemetery is in the same city as the airport, the cemetery personnel should be able to go to the airport and get the urn

5. If the cemetery is in a city far from any airport, you will need to contact a funeral home in the city where the airport is, have them go to the airport to get the urn, and have them either hand deliver or mail the urn to the cemetery. Once the urn is inside of Germany, the German postal service will mail the urn. The funeral home will have a fee for this.

6. Use a wood or plastic urn/container. Have a sticker of the urn with the deceased name, date of death, and funeral home ID number. (This can be any number that you choose, it would probably be best to use the crematory's ID number if applicable).