The death of a loved one is always distressing, but when it happens and they’re away from home that distress can be compounded by practical problems.

Repatriation is when a deceased person is moved from overseas or interstate in order to be laid to rest. The practicalities of the repatriation of the body to another country or interstate can be difficult to understand and navigate. What do you do? Who do you contact? What paperwork needs to be filled out? How long will it take?


Overseas repatriation

If you wish to return your loved one to another country for their final farewell, Walter Carter Funerals will make all the necessary arrangements and will liaise with the necessary consular representatives.

We will:

  • Prepare and translate all documents and permits
  • Prepare the deceased’s remains for transport (whether embalmed or cremated)
  • Make airline arrangements and ensure coffins, containers or urns meet airline requirements
  • Liaise with the receiving funeral home
  • Ensure any requirements of the destination country are met.

At Walter Carter Funerals, we will make every effort to honour cultural and religious customs, however we must work within the parameters of airline and government policies.


Interstate repatriation

If your loved one dies here in Sydney and you wish to return them interstate, we can make all the necessary arrangements and will liaise with the relevant state and federal government departments.


Repatriation to Sydney

Where your loved one dies overseas or interstate, you may wish to bring them home to Sydney for their final goodbye. In either case, Walter Carter Funerals can help. We can make the necessary arrangements and ensure the deceased is returned to Sydney.


Cost of repatriation

There is no fixed cost for repatriation. The final cost will depend upon variables such as how the deceased is transported (air, road, sea), shipping and packing requirements (including size and weight), the distance to be travelled and the prescribed charges for the required documents.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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