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.