Repatriation of Body to South Africa

Homeland International support with the repatriation of the deceased to anywhere in South Africa. Our Head of Africa is a South African national with years of experience in repatriations into and out of South Africa. We can work with you in English and Afrikaans to support with anything to or from South Africa. To get started:

How body repatriation to South Africa works

At Homeland International we provide everything required for repatriation to South Africa. Typically, repatriation usually takes between 7 to 10 days, however in certain situations such as if a coroner is 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.

Estimate of Costs

Our Professional Fees
Local Removal (within M25) *
Care of the Deceased Person and International Embalming
Coffin Suitable for Repatriation **
Coffin Preparation
Free from Infection Certificate
Transportation to the Airport
Flight to South Africa ***
*We are able to collect the deceased person from anywhere in the UK and will provide an additional cost for collection outside of London.
**We are able to provide a basic metal casket for an additional fee.
**Estimate based on 130KG to South Africa, actual costing to be provided before repatriation.
Total Cost


Documents Required for Body Repatriation to South Africa

There is paperwork which needs to be applied for and obtained prior to repatriation. Some of these we require you to provide to us, the remainder is managed by Homeland International. This is described below:

Documents for you to provide to Homeland International

  • Passport of the deceased person (Must be a South African National)
  • Two Death Certificates
  • Homeland International Authorisation Form (this will be sent to you for completion)
  • Letter to the Embassy requesting repatriation

Documents which Homeland International will obtain

  • Out of England Certificate
  • Freedom from Infection Certificate
  • Embalming Certificate
  • Funeral Directors Declaration Certificate
  • Air Waybill document from airline
  • Health Permit from South Africa

Airports we can fly to in South Africa

We are able to arrange repatriation of remains to most international airports in South Africa and on arrival it is usually the company or person appointed by the family who will collect.

If, however, you require a recommendation or assistance with services in South Africa then we have reliable contacts willing to assist. Airports we are usually able to repatriate to in South Africa are:

  • Cape Town
  • Durban
  • East London
  • Johannesburg
  • Port Elizabeth

Request Quotation

For an accurate quote based on locations, please contact us using one of the methods below, or via live chat.

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