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Repatriation of mortal remains to Italy

 

Repatriation of mortal remains to Italy

Documentation and procedures to ship human remains to Italy

Please follow the instructions closely as no exceptions will be made.

1) 1 death certificate "Certified Copy of Registration of Death" accompanied by its full translation into Italian done by one of the translators listed with this Consulate General. Consular fees for the legalization of the signatures of the Registrar Generale and of the translator will apply. Click here for current fee schedule and list of translators ("Legalizzazione atti" – articles 7 and 69);    
2) 1 "Medical Certificate of Death";
3) 1 original letter from local public health authority (if the deceased is a female, please use the maiden name);

The letter must indicate the following information:
- the body was embalmed as required by law;
- the body was enclosed in a hermetically sealed metal container and this container was placed inside a wooden casket;
- the wooden casket was in turn enclosed in a metal lined wooden shipping shell;

4) The original and 1 photocopy of the "Certificate for Shipment of a Body Outside of Ontario" for the province of Ontario or equivalent for the provinces of Manitoba and the Northwest Territories;
5) The original and 1 photocopy of the burial permit;
6) The last passport of the deceased (Italian, Canadian or both) plus 1 photocopy of the main pages;
7) Letter from the Funeral Home certifying how the body was embalmed and providing the  following information:

- the body was embalmed as required by law;
- the body was enclosed in a hermetically sealed metal container and this container has been placed inside a wooden casket;
- the wooden casket has been enclosed in a metal lined wooden shipping shell;

8) A small metal plate must be affixed to the wooden casket and engraved with the following information relating to the deceased: name and surname (maiden name, if applicable), date of birth and date of death. This plate must be secured onto the casket with extra strong glue;
9) A letter of permission signed by the family specifying the name of the cemetery, the town or city in Italy where the burial is to take place. This letter should also authorize the funeral home to act on the family's behalf in dealing with this Consulate General;
10) The shipping shell container should be secured with 2 metal bands placed lengthwise and 3 or more placed horizontally, so that they crisscross each other (please note that the metal bands must be at least 2 cm wide and no more than 50 cm apart);
11) Always indicate the airport in Italy that is to be used as the port of entry.


Please be advised that we cannot request authorization from Italy until we have all of the above listed documents. Once authorization has been obtained, the paperwork (passaporto mortuario) is usually ready for the next business day. Processing fees for the documentation (passaporto mortuario and legalization of the death certificate) are applicable.


Do not make any flight arrangements until notified.



DOCUMENTATION AND PROCEDURES TO SHIP CREMATED REMAINS TO ITALY

 

Please follow the instructions closely as no exceptions will be made.

1) 1 death certificate "Certified Copy of Registration of Death" accompanied by its full translation into Italian done by one of the translators listed with this Consulate General. Consular fees for the legalization of the signatures of the Registrar Generale and of the translator will apply. Click here for current fee schedule and list of translators ("Legalizzazione atti" – articles 7 and 69);
2) 1 "Medical Certificate of Death";
3) 1 original letter from local public health authority (if the deceased is a female, please use the maiden name);

4) 1 original "Certificate of Cremation" issued by the crematorium;

5) The original and 1 photocopy of the "Certificate for Shipment of a Body Outside of Ontario" for the province of Ontario or equivalent for the provinces of Manitoba and the Northwest Territories;
6) The original and 1 photocopy of the burial permit;
7) The last passport of the deceased (Italian, Canadian or both) plus 1 photocopy of the main pages;

8) A letter of permission signed by the family specifying the name of the cemetery and the "Comune" (city) where the burial is to take place. This letter should also authorize the Funeral Home to act on the family's behalf in dealing with this Consulate General;
9) The cremated remains must be placed in an approved urn and the urn must in turn be placed in a wooden shipping container;
10) A small metal plate must be affixed to the urn and engraved with the following information relating to the deceased: name and surname (maiden name, if applicable), date of birth and date of death. This plate must be secured onto the urn with extra strong glue;
11) The shipping shell container should be secured with 1 metal band placed lengthwise and another horizontally, so that they crisscross each other (please note that the metal bands must be at least 2 cm wide).
12) Always indicate the airport in Italy that is to be used as the port of entry.
13) It is illegal in Italy to scatter ashes without formal authorization from the local city hall. Authorization and regulations to scatter ashes may be obtained from the "Comune" (city hall) in Italy.

Please be advised that we cannot request authorization from Italy until we have all of the above listed documents. Once authorization has been obtained, the paperwork (passaporto mortuario) is usually ready for the next business day. Processing fees for the documentation (passaporto mortuario and legalization of the death certificate) are applicable.

Do not make any flight arrangements until notified.

 


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