Shipment of human remains to Hungary

Cremated remains

  • There are no special requirements for the shipment of cremated remains to Hungary. However, the funeral urns must be sealed.
  • If the cremated remains are sent by mail, the package containing the urn should be addressed to the recipient or the cemetery.
  • It is recommended that a copy of the certificate of death be enclosed with the shipment.
  • Urns can also be brought to Hungary as a carry-on luggage. No additional permits or licenses are required from diplomatic or consular missions of Hungary.

warning smNevertheless, it is recommended to check local (Canadian) regulations and/or the regulations of the country(ies) through which the shipment will eventually transit.

Non-cremated remains

  • The body of the deceased must be placed in a double casket.
  • The inner one must be firm and entirely airtight, and made of sheet metal (lead or zinc). Absorbent material, such as sawdust, must be placed on the bottom of the inner casket.
  • The body must be soaked in a sublimate solution of 1% strength.
  • The casket must be packed in a wooden coffin, which may again be packed to be protected from eventual damage, or may be covered with canvas or tarpaulin so that the nature of its contents are not revealed.
  • Strong handles must be bolted on the outer packaging.
  • The funeral director should provide a certificate attesting that the above procedure has been followed.

warning smTransporting of objects and/or flowers with the human remains is strongly prohibited.

The Hungarian diplomatic mission will issue a permit for shipment to Hungary if the following documents are provided:

  • Certificate of death;
  • Certificate on the preparation of the body issued by the funeral director;
  • Letter of admittance issued by a cemetery in Hungary;
  • Transportation itinerary, especially the exact date and time of arrival;
  • Name and address of the contact person in Hungary.

The issuance of the permit is subject to a fee. Those applying through mail should enclose a money order made out to the name of the Embassy of Hungary, and a self addressed and stamped envelope for certified mail.

The Embassy will arrange for the return of the requested document by express mail service only if the necessary envelope, fee, stamp, account number, etc. are included in the application.

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