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International Shipping and Recent Foreign Embassy Closures

August 6, 2013

As you may be aware, due to credible terrorist threats, a number of U.S. diplomatic facilities in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia – from Madagascar to Bangladesh to Oman to Sudan – were temporarily closed. While some have reopened, if you need to repatriate the body of a U.S. citizen or ship a body to a country in which the embassy or consulate is still closed, NFDA can help connect you with resources and people who can be of assistance.

Repatriating a decedent to the U.S.

The U.S. State Department website has information on every country around the world including emergency contact information for embassies that have been temporarily closed. You can find that information here: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_4965.html. If you learn that a U.S. citizen has died in one of the affected countries, do not hesitate to call the emergency contact number.

Assistance is also available from the State Department's Office of American Citizens Services in Washington, D.C.; call 202-647-5225 or 202-647-5226 for information and assistance.

Shipping a decedent abroad

NFDA has compiled several resources to help you understand what is required so you can serve families as efficiently as possible.

NFDA is here to answer any questions you may have about shipping human remains internationally. Please contact a member of our International Relations staff for assistance:

  • International Project Manager Corey Eggers, 262-814-1571 (Toll-free in the U.S.: 800-228-6332)
  • Vice President of International Relations Debbie Andres, 262-814-1554 (Toll-free in the U.S.: 800-228-6332)

Countries or airlines may change their requirements at any time. If you find that a country's or airline's requirements have changed from the information listed on the NFDA website, please contact Corey or Debbie so that they can update the website.