Transport of Human Remains
1. An Apostilled Death Certificate: the Death Certificate is issued by the local authorities and should be appended with the Apostil (Certification by the Department of State of the state where the Death Certificate was issued); this document will be returned to the family member accompanying the remains;
2. A medical certificate established by the attending physician certifying that the cause of death is not any of the following contagious deceases: plague, cholera, smallpox or typhoid. The medical certificate should also state that there are no hygienic or medico-legal objections to the transport of the body.
3. A certificate established by the funeral director stating that the body is embalmed according to international shipping rules and that the coffin is hermetically closed and meets all requirements for the international shipping of human remains.
4. Upon presentation of above documents the Consulate General or Embassy will issue the "Laissez-passer" which should accompany the human remains, together with the Apostilled Death Certificate.
5. Please note that the Belgian funeral home may request additional documents, such as a certified translation of the Death Certificate.
Transport of Cremated Remains
Ashes resulting from the cremation of human remains have to be shipped to Belgium enclosed in a hermetically sealed urn, accompanied by a Consular letter and an Apostilled Death Certificate.
The Consular letter is issued by the nearest Belgian Consular representation (Embassy or Consulate General of Belgium). In order to establish this document, the applicant must present the following 4 documetns:
1. An Apostilled Death Certificate : the Death Certificate is issued by the local authorities and should be appended with the Apostil (Certification by the Department of State of the state where the Death Certificate was issued); this document will be returned to the family member accompanying the urn;
2. An official Certificate of Cremation issued by the funeral home;
3. A Statement drawn up by the funeral director certifying the urn contains the ashes of the deceased and that it is hermetically sealed and ready for international transport;
4. A Statement issued by the Belgian city-hall where the ashes will be transported, stating that the Belgian commune has given the authorization for burial of the urn or to strew cremation ashes.
5. Upon presentation of these documents the Consulate General or Embassy will issue the Consular letter that should be kept with the urn to prevent Belgian customs from opening it. You should also keep the Apostilled Death Certificate with the urn.
Please note that the Belgian funeral home may request additional documents, such as a certified translation of the Death Certificate.
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