Repatriation: returning a deceased person’s body to the Netherlands

If your partner, relative or friend has died in a foreign country, you can have their body returned to the Netherlands for the funeral (repatriation). An insurer or international funeral director can help you.

Attention: If you want to speak to someone immediately, call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ 24/7 Contact Centre on +31 247 247 247. The helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you would rather contact us in a different way, see our contact page.

Was the deceased person insured?

First find out whether the deceased person had supplementary health insurance, travel insurance or funeral insurance with cover for repatriation in the event of death.

What do you need to arrange abroad?

If you are getting assistance from the emergency call centre or an international funeral director, they will usually make all the arrangements in the foreign country. If you are with the deceased person in the foreign country and have not yet received any help, follow the steps below.