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Taking a deceased person out of the Netherlands

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.

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Taking a deceased person out of the Netherlands

Deceased outside the Netherlands

Has the person died outside the Netherlands? And would you like to have his or her remains transported to the Netherlands? If so, it is best to contact a uitvaartonderneming (funeral home) in the Netherlands that specialises in repatriating deceased persons. The funeral home will then also take care of obtaining the required documents, including an afschrift (official copy) or uittreksel (extract) of the overlijdensakte (death certificate). You should submit this document to the municipality where the deceased is registered so that the Basisregistratie Personen (Personal Records Database, BRP) can be updated.  

Deceased in the Netherlands

If the person died in the Netherlands and you wish to have his or her remains transported abroad, you or an uitvaartverzorger (funeral director) must complete an aangifte van overlijden (death registration). You do this in the municipality where the person died.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Maastricht

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Last updated on 26 September 2022