Community FAQs

This page is a new initiative from KCS to provide information on commonly asked questions from our members.

Repatriation of the body of the deceased is a challenging process for anyone, made especially more difficult by the emotional burden of grief. Please find below the procedures to follow if you need to transport the body of the deceased to India:

  1. Get Hospital clearance
  2. Arrange for mortuary
  3. Get Police NOC
  4. Get Embalming certificate
  5. Clearance from Embassy
  6. Arrange Documents for cargo clearance
  7. Book Mortuary ambulance
  8. Book cargo ticket

Following are the documentary requirements for repatriation of mortal remains to India:

  1. Death Certificate, mentioning cause of death - original + p/copy
  2. Embalming Certificate - original + p/copy
  3. Certificate stating that body is free from any kind of infection - original + p/copy
  4. Travel permit - original + p/copy
  5. Passport of the deceased - original + p/copy
  6. Miscellaneous form - as given in the link (this form can be filled either by friend/relative of the deceased or representative of the funeral home. Applicant (person who is initiating the process) has to submit his/her original and copy of the passport + photo identity card)

Documents from (1) to (4) will be provided by the funeral home. Once all these documents are arranged, applicant or the representative of funeral home can either come in person to the consular wing or send them through postal mail for processing at Embassy/Consulate. Once the documents are received, they will be processed and sent back on top priority.

For details and procedure refer to the Indian Embassy website:

Contact at Indian Embassy
Attache (Consular)
Embassy of India
2536 Mass. Ave., NW , Washington DC 20008

It is recommended to take services of a funeral home that has already done international transfer to India. A few of the funeral homes in the area are listed below. Please note that KCS has no relationships with these organizations and do not have information on their levels of service.