Consulate of Spain in New York
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Transport of Mortal Remains to Spain
8/30/2018
TRANSFER OF MORTAL REMAINS TO SPAIN
 
The Consulate will provide all the information needed in order to register the death of a citizen of Spain in the Consular Registry. We will also provide information about the procedures to transfer the mortal remains into Spain, if that is the family’s decision. The Consulate will not be responsible for any fees related to such transfer to Spain.
 
Keep in mind that if the deceased was a citizen of Spain, the death must be registered in the Civil Registry section of this Consulate General prior to the transfer.
 

Transfer of corpses

Must bring to the Consulate: 

  • Letter addressed to the General Consul seeking authorization for the transfer.
  • Death certificate issued by the local authorities (this certificate must bear the Apostille of the Hague Convention).
  • Embalming certificate.
  • Certificate of the Non-Existence of Contagious Diseases issued by the Department of Health, Permit to transfer the corpse and photocopy of the passport or identification.
  • Data about the transfer to Spain (airline company, flight number, date)
The Consulate will issue a Certificate addressed to the captain of the aircraft to be passed on to the Customs Manager (Administrador de Aduanas) in Spain stating that all proper paperwork has been submitted.
Please bear in mind that this certification requires a minimum of 3-4 hours to be issued.
 
Transfer of ashes
Order 2263/1974, of July 20, that approves the Regulations of Mortuary and Sanitary Police (Art . 53): ashes resulting from the cremation will be placed in a box of ashes (urn), with the name of the deceased placed outside. The urn or its subsequent deposit will not be subject to any health requirement.
 
It is recommended to travel with:
  • Death certificate issued by the local authorities and Spanish death certificate (only if the deceased had at some point the Spanish citizenship).
  • Cremation certificate.
  • A statement from the funeral home detailing the content of the urn.

It is also recommended to contact the airline before the travel to confirm if they allow to carry the urn as carry-on baggage or any other specific requirement applies.

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