When your loved one dies, the whole world around you stops. The mental and emotional agony that death brings to the deceased’s family members is inexplicable. The going gets tougher if the person has died in another country or state and you’re unaware of the procedure to bring them back for their final resting place.
These tough times demand quick action, since the regulations and legalities for transportation take a long time to process. Longer the wait, the harder it is to preserve the dead body. We have to remember that every country has its own regulations for dead body transportation- both domestic & international. The cost of dead body transportation can vary depending upon client’s destination, specific requirements & the mode of transportation.
Considering that you’ve opted for airplane as the mode of transportation, the various procedures include- Document clearance, Medical clearance, Airport permissions, Cargo booking and Customs clearances required by different consulates.
The following are the documents required to transport dead body by plane.
1. Death Certificate from the hospital.
2. NOC from the Local Police.
3. Embalming Certificate
4. Coffin Box certificate
5. Photo and ID card (Original Passport / Driving License/ Adhaar Card) issued by respective Authority.
6. Contact details & address of the person who will receive the coffin at the destination.
7. No Objection certificate from the respective country’s consulate.
Note: All these documents should be in English with at least 6 photo copies of the same.
If the person has died in a hospital, getting a death certificate is easy. But if the person has died at home or somewhere else other than a hospital, then you need to contact a nearby clinic or a nursing home. If the deceased has had a visiting doctor, even he can issue a death certificate.
If the death is sudden & natural, then you will need to provide the medical reports to the doctor mainly to show that it’s a natural death. Sometimes these things may become complicated.
No Objection Certificate (Police Clearance Certificate):
After getting the death certificate you need to visit the nearby police station that comes under your jurisdiction and inform them about the need of police NOC (mainly to transport the dead body in a cargo flight).
They may ask several documents and questions related to the death, mainly to confirm that the death is natural and no crime is involved. They may visit the place of death if they find out that the death is not natural.
After getting the police clearance certificate, the body is to be embalmed and packed in a coffin. Body Embalming is done mainly to avoid decomposition of the body by removing the body fluids and replacing them with chemicals. This is done in all the government hospitals and medical colleges.
Post-embalming, you can get the body to be washed and groomed according to your religious traditions. After all this, the body is packed and sealed in a coffin box. The coffin can be customized to your requirements. After the final inspection, the Coffin certificate is provided. Only then, it is possible to transport the dead body on a cargo plane.
Note: Always book the coffin as “Cargo”.
It is imperative for at least one to travel along with the cargo. So, it’s important to plan your flight bookings accordingly. Make sure that you have at least 8 hours in hand to finish all these formalities before boarding the flight. (Also, the airlines expect you to arrive at the airport 3 hrs prior to departure. So, plan wisely)
Your ordeal doesn’t end here, as you’ll have to wait at the airport, because the cargo takes forever to reach you. This excruciating process comes to an end when you produce the receipt to collect the coffin.
The cost of transporting a dead body by plane includes the total weight of the body and the distance you have traveled.
Amidst all these doom and gloom, there are a few points in your favor.
1. Normally, all the airlines that have cargo services, transport dead body.
2. Most importantly, there are few firms that provide complete help during these traumatic conditions. VMEDO is one such firm that provides cost effective dead body transportation services for domestic and international destinations- round the clock!
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