Repatriation Services

Whether a death has occurred overseas or within Australia, at Sylvan Funerals our family of staff are able to assist in transporting your loved one’s body to where it is required for the funeral service. Some of the key elements we will manage for you as part of our service includes:

  • Full Repatriation services to and from Australia
  • Liason with overseas Consulates and Embassies, with guidance through appropriate documentation
  • Organisation of flight bookings
  • Transportation of the deceased to the airport
  • Arranging of documentation for Customs clearance
  • Appropriate mortuary preparation and/or embalming
  • Liason with interstate or international funeral director

To speak to a consultant, please phone (07) 3812 4000, 24 hours a day.


The First Step

The first step is to make contact with our staff by calling (07) 3812 4000 to being the process of transferring the deceased to a destination of safety and care. During this time, we will gather the clear instruction for what is required to occur in terms of repatriate (and they may come from the family, the travel insurer, or possibly even the consulate of their country of origin). Information which is required is:

  • The full name of the Deceased;
  • Where they are located;
  • Passport number (and a copy if possible) and Nationality;
  • Full name, relationship of next of kin or person responsible for arranging the transfer;
  • Telephone and email contact and address of informant;
  • Travel Insurers name and Policy number and contact details (if applicable);
  • Whether Cremation or Burial is intended on arrival home (along with the name and address of this location)
  • Name, address, telephone and email address of receiving funeral home
  • Are any family members wanting to fly on the same flight as their loved one? If so, we will negociate the appropriate flight numbers, etc.

Click Here to download our Repatriation Information & Details Form.

Once we have received all the necessary information, our staff will deal direct with the appropriate consulate offices to secure the required documentation for Approval to Send.


How Much Will Repatriation Cost?

This question in itself is difficult to answer as there are many variables.

However, interstate transfer can be as little as a few hundred dollars, depending on the distance being traveled.

For Overseas repatriation, there are many more variables with the flights and airlines used being the main factor. In saying this, families should begin to budget $7000+. Our staff work with industry leaders in international flights to find the most cost effective options which also suit families timelines.