Valentine & Turner advise on what to do if someone passes away abroad.
21st November 2016
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If you're abroad with someone and they unfortunately pass away, would you know what to do?

Getting over the shock is one thing, but doing all the right things legally is hugely important too. 

So what do you need to do if this happens to you?

Valentine & Turner Funeral Directors in Bromley have produced this helpful guide to help.

Firstly, you need to contact the British authorities in the country you're in to let them know, and they will be able to advise you on the specific requirements for that country.  You'll also need to inform the representative in the resort if you're on a package holiday, and do this as soon as you can.

You may find that your tour operator has a welfare team who will be on hand to assist with any arrangements.

Next you'll need to register the death - and this must be done in the country in which the person died. Again the British Consul will advise you on how to do this.

You'll need to have specific information about the deceased to do this:

When registering the death in person, you should take information about yourself and the person who has died including:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • passport number
  • where and when the passport was issued
  • details of the next-of- kin, if you're not their closest relative.

Once this has been done you can begin the process of bringing the body home. 

To return the body to the UK you'll need to have the foreign death certificate a certifiably translated into English. You'll also need authorisation to remove the body from the country and a certificate of embalming.

You will hopefully find that the repatriation costs can be covered by your holiday insurance, so you should contact the insurance company as soon as you can to ensure that all the plans you're making for repatriation are covered by your policy.

Valentine & Turners Funeral Directors understand that it's an incredibly stressful and difficult event to deal with.They're always happy to be on hand for advice and support. It's part of their excellent, personal touch.

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