Repatriation of Remains from France

Homeland International support with repatriation all over the world, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Our team is well experienced in repatriation from France. With our lengthy experience of repatriation assistance combined with our relationships with airlines and embassies, you are in safe hands when repatriating your loved one from France.

We have an excellent relationship with our local (English speaking) provider in France who we have worked with for many years and are able to provide funeral and body repatriation services from anywhere in France back home.

We have a lot of experience in France, including conducting funeral services in Paris and Aix-En-Provence as well as managing the first Covid-19 death in Europe, in Paris in February 2020 which you can read more about here.

How Repatriation of Remains from France works

Homeland International provides everything required for the repatriation of your loved one from France. Typically, a repatriation usually takes between 5 to 7 days however in certain situations, such as if a coroner or the police are involved, this may extend the time frame slightly. 

Once in our care, our team will care for the person who has died, complete the embalming which is required for repatriation and prepare the coffin for international transportation back home.

Documentation Required for Repatriation of Remains from France

Documents for you to provide to Homeland International
  • Passport of the deceased person
  • Death Certificate
  • Homeland International Authorisation Form (this will be sent to you for completion)
  • There may be a requirement for additional paperwork from you, we will advise you if anything else is required when starting repatriation arrangements

Documents which Homeland International will obtain

  • Export Certificate
  • Freedom from Infection Certificate
  • Embalming Certificate
  • Funeral Directors Declaration Certificate
  • Air Waybill document from airline
  • Other local paperwork

Locations in France we can repatriate from

We are usually able to arrange flights back to most international destinations from airports in France such as Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris (Charles De Gaulle), Toulouse and more. On arrival back to the destination country, Homeland International can support with the customs clearance at the airport and the transport back to the home town/city.

 Repatriation of remains from France to other European countries and the UK can also sometimes be completed by road. We can arrange repatriation of remains from anywhere in France including:

  • Aix-en-Provence
  • Bordeaux
  • Brittany
  • Calais
  • Caen
  • Cannes
  • Corsica
  • Grenoble
  • La Rochelle
  • Le Harve
  • Lille
  • Limousin
  • Lyon
  • Marseille
  • Montpellier
  • Nantes
  • Normandy
  • Nice
  • Paris
  • Perpignan
  • Strasbourg
  • Toulouse
  • Anywhere else in France

Repatriation from Corsica

We are able to support the repatriation of remains from Corsica. The process followed is the same as the rest of France however it can sometimes be complicated if there is a delay in appointing a funeral home. 

Hospitals in Corsica do not have the appropriate mortuary facilities, so they often contract with a local funeral home who will collect your loved one and transport them into their care. This sounds helpful but it leads to bills and invoices which are very high, we then have to negotiate with these companies to start the repatriation procedure and transfer your loved one into our care. This can be eliminated if you appoint us or another repatriation company to start procedures right away. We can then transport directly into our care before the hospital contacts their appointed funeral home.

Once the repatriation process is complete, we are able to book flights to most international destinations from Ajaccio or Bastia, even if they require to connect in France.

Begin Arrangements for repatriation of remains from France

To proceed with our services, we require you to complete our authorisation form which can be emailed to you. Once we have received the death certificate and passport, we can begin the repatriation procedure and will keep you updated at every stage.

Contact us to begin arrangements or ask any further questions you may have:

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