Death occurs Overseas

The body of a Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident may be brought back to Singapore for cremation or burial. It will require a Coffin (Import) Permit. Documents required for applying of Coffin (Import) Permit:

-    Death Certificate issued by the country where death occurred (copy of English translation is required if the Death Certificate is in ethnic languages), Certificate of Cause of Death (CCOD) or a Statutory Declaration
-    Sealing Certificate for the coffin
-    Embalming Certificate (if applicable)
-    Coffin Export Permit from the country where the body is exported
-    Air Waybill (Air Consignment Note) if by air

 

Registration of Death

-    Report death to Singapore’s Registry of Births & Deaths personally by the next-of-kin of the deceased. 
-    Following items are required

o    Death Certificate issued by the country where death occurred (copy of English translation is required if the Death Certificate is in ethic languages)
o    Identification documents of deceased
o    Export/Import permit
o    Permit to Cremate/Bury
o    Identification documents of informant

Alternatively, you can engage a Funeral Director who will be able to do the above mentioned with letter of authorization from the family: (click here for list of Funeral Director)

If the deceased is a foreign national, the body is allowed to be imported into Singapore for cremation. Burial cases are  allowed only if the next-of-kin is a Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident. All documentations and permits needed for the registration of the death are as above.

Note: Foreigners cremated in Singapore are not entitled to purchase niches in government – operated columbaria.

Click here for Funeral Arrangement.