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)


For Foreign National, the body is allowed to be imported into Singapore for cremation. As for burial, it is allowed only if the next-of-kin is a Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident. All documentations and permits are as with the above. 

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

Click here for Funeral Arrangement.