Apply for a corpse passport

If you want to transfer a corpse abroad, a corpse passport may be necessary.

For the transfer of a corpse to another federal state, a corpse passport is only required if this or a federal state touched on the journey requires one.

As a rule, a corpse passport is required for the transfer of a corpse abroad if the destination country or a country touched on the journey requires one. The corpse passport is issued in several languages.

  • Death certificate or a certificate from the registrar stating that the death was entered in the list of reported but not yet certified deaths
  • non-confidential part of the death certificate,
  • a written declaration by the undertaker that the body will be coffined and transferred by a hearse in accordance with the provisions of the Funeral Act and this Ordinance,
  • if applicable, a permit from the health authority if health concerns are raised against the transfer
  • in cases of body discovery and suspicion of unnatural death, written permission from the public prosecutor's office

Insofar as a foreign state requires further information for transport within its territory, these should be included in the corpse passport.

Related Links

  • § 14 Funeral Act (BestG)
  • § 7 Landesverordnung zur Durchführung des Bestattungsgesetzes ( BestattGDV RP)
  • State Ordinance on the Fees of the Health Administration (Special List of Fees)
  • § 159 Code of Criminal Procedure (StPO)

The mortuary passport must be applied for by the relative responsible for the funeral or by the funeral home responsible for the transport.

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Last update or date of publication
06.05.2020