Do you wish to transport the body of a deceased person from the Netherlands to a foreign country? To do this, you need transportation authorisation from the municipality where the person died. This is called a laissez-passer. In most cases, the funeral director submits the application for you.
If you wish to take the body of a deceased person to Belgium or Luxembourg, you do not need a laissez-passer. However, you must have written permission from the municipality, stating that that you may bury or cremate the deceased person. This is called leave for burial (verlof tot begraven) or leave for cremation (verlof tot cremeren). You submit the application for this leave at the same time as you register the death.
This is how it works for you
Here is some information from your municipality.
Transportation of deceased (laissez-passer)
With a laissez-passer (permission for transport) you can have a deceased person transported abroad. The municipality where the person died must approve this transport. The laissez-passer bears the name of the deceased and the destination.
The funeral director requests a laissez-passer for you from the municipality where the person died and also arranges transportation.
The funeral director will need the following documents from you:
- Valid proof of identity
- Death certificate
- Certificate of death, for example: a medical certificate from a doctor or coroner or a certificate of natural death or a statement from the public prosecutor