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How to Import a Deceased/Dead Body in Kenya

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How to Import a Deceased/Dead Body in Kenya by Kenyans247(m): Wed Jan 2020 08:22am
1.The Embassy will inform the next-of-kin

2.Next of kin to visit the embassy of the country the deceased was living in.

3.The embassy will request for some documents from the next of kin, and also the funeral home holding the body in that country will contact the embassy for relevant clearance letters. They (the embassy) may also give the next of kin some forms to fill.

4.Each country has its own procedures for dealing with repatriation of the bodies of the deceased.

5.Identify a funeral home to take and preserve the body once it arrives.

Required Documents

Requirements for transportation of a Deceased Kenyan:
1.Proof that the deceased person was a Kenyan e.g. Passport, Birth Certificate.

2.Locally issued burial and/or transit permit.

3.Certified copy of the Death Certificate.

4.A letter from the local health authority certifying that the deceased did not die of contagious disease.

5.A letter from the Director of funeral home stating how the body was embalmed.

Required documents for Taking Ashes to Kenya
1.Copy of death certificate

2.Certificate from the crematorium

3.Certificate issued by the funeral director confirming that the contents are nothing but the remains and is not mixed with anything else.

4.Copy of Kenyan passport/ birth certificate or any acceptable form of identification of the deceased as proof that the deceased was Kenyan.

5.Pre-paid self addressed return courier envelope from Xpresspost

Office Locations & Contacts
Ministry of Home Affairs

Address Jogoo House

City Nairobi

Phone +254 20 228411

Ministry of Medical Services

Address Afya House, Cathedral Road,

PO Box 30016-00100

City Nairobi

Phone +254 020 717077

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Old Treasury Building, Harambee Avenue

P.O Box 30551 - 00100 G.P.O


Tel: +254 20 318888


Only the next of kin can state how the body will be handled

No fee is charged for the service (The application forms registration)
However, the family will pay the airline transportation costs for the body, washing and embalming the body and buying the coffin. The fees incurred differ with the country the deceased was in at the time of death, and also different airlines have different transportation fees.

They are valid until the deceased is finally buried in Kenya.

Processing Time
This process takes a 7days to 14 days to complete documentation.

Only on receipt of all the documents will the High Commission issue a letter of no objection for the remains to be transported to Kenya.
It has to be confirmed that the coffin is hermetically sealed for carriage by air

Required Information
1.The deceased persons identification information

2.Date of death

3.Next of kin information (name, address, contacts)if available

Need for the Document
This is the process of bringing the body of a deceased Kenyan citizen who was in a foreign country back to Kenya

Information which might help
Funeral homes are familiar with the treatment and preparation of the body for export.
Funeral homes only prepare the body and process export documents to the destination, usually JKIA.
You therefore need to make your own arrangements for connecting flights, if any, from JKIA to any other destination.

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