Repatriation of Remains from the USA

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 the USA. 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 from the USA.

We have an excellent relationship with our local provider in the USA who we have worked with for many years and are able to provide funeral and repatriation services from anywhere in the USA back home.

Homeland International are a proud member of the USA’s largest funeral trade association, the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) as well as an invited member of Selected Independent Funeral Homes which represents the top 10% of funeral homes worldwide.

How Repatriation of Remains from the USA works

Homeland International provides everything required for the repatriation of your loved one from the USA. 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 from the United States

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 the USA we can repatriate from

We are usually able to arrange flights back to most international destinations from airports in the USA such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York Orlando, San Francisco and Seattle as well as many others. 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 the USA including:

  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • California
  • Chicago
  • Florida
  • Houston
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • New York City
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Washington DC

Repatriation from Hawaii

We are able to support the repatriation of remains from Hawaii. The process followed is similar to other US states however the process can sometimes be complicated if there is a delay in appointing a funeral home. Hospitals in Hawaii 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 into our care. This can be eliminated if you appoint us or another repatriation company to start procedures right away. We can then transport your loved one directly into our care before the hospital contacts their partnered funeral home.

Once the repatriation process is complete, we are able to book flights to most international destinations, even if they require to connect in the USA.

Repatriation from Alaska

We are able to support the repatriation of remains from Alaska. The process followed is similar to other US States however the process can sometimes be complicated if there is a delay in appointing a funeral home. 

Once the repatriation process is complete, we are able to book flights to most international destinations, even if they require to connect in other US or Canadian airports. 

Repatriation from Guam, Micronesia and other US Territories

We are able to support the repatriation of remains from Guam, Micronesia and other US Territories. The process followed is similar to other US states however the process can sometimes be complicated if there is a delay in appointing a funeral home. As with repatriations from Hawaii, hospitals in these locations 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. Whilst this sounds helpful, it tends to lead to high invoices and bills, and we have to negotiate with these companies before starting the repatriation and transfer into our care. This step can be eliminated if you appoint us or another repatriation company to start procedures right away. We can then transport your loved one directly into our care before the hospital makes contact with their partnered funeral home.

Once the repatriation process is complete, we are able to book flights to most international destinations, even if they require us to connect at another international airport such as Japan, Singapore or Dubai. 

We once managed a complex repatriation of remains from Chuuk, Micronesia back to the UK. You can read our case study about this case here.

Begin Arrangements

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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