Ship or Hand-carry the human remains/ashes to the Philippines

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Ship or Hand-carry the human remains/ashes to the Philippines?

To transport human remains to the Philippines in a coffin or an urn, one must present the following:

Requirements for Issuance of Consular Mortuary Certificate for Shipment of Coffin bearing Human Remains 

  • Death Certificate - one (1) original and three (3) photocopies
  • Burial Transit Permit - one (1) original and three (3) photocopies (usually a 4” X 8” card or paper permit for transport of human remains)
  • Notarized Embalmer’s Certificate - one (1) original and three (3) photocopies (stating that the body was duly embalmed and is in sanitary condition for shipment abroad)
  • Notarized Mortuary Certificate - one (1) original and three (3) photocopies (stating that the casket contains only the body of the deceased and how the body will be shipped)
  • Notarized Health Department Certificate - one (1) original and three (3) photocopies (stating that the deceased did not die of contagious disease)
  • Four (4) copies of flight itinerary and consignee information
    • flight schedule;
    • consignee’s address and phone number in the Philippines
    • family member or contact person’s address in the U.S. and in the Philippines (indicate relationship to the deceased)
    • last known address of the deceased in the Philippines
  • Proof of Citizenship - Philippine passport for Filipino citizens (or former Filipino citizen, U.S. passport or naturalization papers for other nationalities, passport)
  • Processing fee of $50.00 - $25.00 for Mortuary Certificate and $25.00 for Report of Death in cash, company check, money order or cashier’s check payable to the Philippine Consulate General
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope (US Postal Service – we recommend priority mail with delivery confirmation or express mail). Those who wish express, overnight delivery should use a courier service (FEDEX, UPS, DHL. etc.)

NOTE: Above documents should be received by the Consulate at least three (3) working days before departure. Funeral Directors should contact the Philippine Consulate General at (212) 764-1330 ext. 321