Repatriation of Remains from Greece
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 Greece. With our lengthy experience of repatriation assistance combined with our relationships with both airlines and embassies we can assure you are in safe hands when repatriating your loved one.
We have an excellent relationship with our local (English speaking) provider in Greece who we have worked with for many years and are able to provide funeral and body repatriation services from anywhere in Greece back home.
How Repatriation from Greece works
Homeland International provides everything required for the repatriation of your loved one from Greece. 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.
Documents Required for Repatriation of Remains from Greece
- 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 Greece we can repatriate from
We are usually able to arrange flights back to most international destinations from airports in Greece such as Athens, Corfu, Heraklion, Rhodes and Thessaloniki. 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.
We can arrange repatriation of remains from anywhere in Greece including:
Repatriation from Crete
We are able to support the repatriation from Crete and there is usually no need for your loved one to be transported to Athens. Even if the death is referred to the police, the investigations are usually able to be completed in Crete. If your loved one does need to be transported to Athens for an investigation then this is usually undertaken by a local Greek funeral director who will have a contract with the police. If your loved one is taken to Athens we will still support you with obtaining the necessary paperwork from Crete and will then arrange the repatriation of the remains from Athens.
Flights are usually available from Heraklion to most international destinations with flights connecting via Athens. If for some reason flights are unavailable from Heraklion we can transport to Athens for a flight.
Repatriation from Corfu
We are also able to support you with repatriation from Corfu and there is usually no need for your loved one to be transported to Athens. Even if the death is referred to the police, the investigations are usually able to be completed in Corfu. If your loved one does need to be transported to Athens for an investigation then this is usually undertaken by a local Greek funeral director who will have a contract with the police. If your loved one is taken to Athens we will still support you with obtaining the necessary paperwork from Corfu and will then arrange the repatriation of the remains from Athens.
Repatriation from Kos, Mykonos, Santorini and other small islands
Repatriation of remains from Kos, Mykonos, Santorini or another small Greek island will require transport to Athens on the mainland prior to the repatriation of the remains. Even if there is no police investigation, your loved one will usually be transported to a mortuary in Athens by a local funeral director. If the transfer to Athens has not been automatically arranged, we can coordinate the transfer. The reason for the transport to Athens is because there is an abundance of mortuary facilities and the airports on these smaller islands cannot accommodate coffins.
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: