The cost of repatriation, planning the funeral repatriation services, and arranging all necessary documents while you are mourning can be draining. It can gravely affect the stability of your mental and emotional health and the condition of your physical health. To help lessen the stress and reduce factors you will need to look for and process, below is a list of repatriation documents required for human remains.


Unfortunately, some ends happen across other countries, such as road collisions, aeroplane crashes, water accidents, or health problems. If the death of a loved one occurs overseas, the repatriation of the deceased body requires these documents to repatriate their body back home, back into Singapore.

  • Application for a coffin import permit, where you can apply for through NEA ePortal or visit their port health office in Jalan Bukit Merah
  • An English-translated death certificate issued by the country where the death occurred
  • Certificate stating cause of death or Statutory Declaration
  • Sealing Certificate for the coffin
  • Embalming Certificate
  • Coffin export permit issued from country exporting the body
  • Air Waybill or Air Consignment note if the repatriation of remains will be by air.
  • Coffin permit fees, which costs around S$17.50


If you know a foreigner who died in Singapore, there are two ways to manage their death. It can be either through cremation, wherein the urn would be hand-carried, or through repatriation of the deceased body back to their homeland. The necessary documents required for the latter are:

  • A death certificate issued by a funeral home in Singapore
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Sealing Certificate for the coffin
  • Embalming Certificate
  • Coffin export permit from NEA or the port health office, which is open 24 hours daily
  • Air Waybill if transportation is by air

Handling all the funeral repatriation services and processes can add to the stress you deal with while grieving. If you have the chance to get a funeral director, have one for smoother repatriation of the human remains of your loved one.

Contact Flying Home on their website to know more about the repatriation of remains and funeral repatriation services.