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Removal of human remains to Italy

 

Removal of human remains to Italy

CONSULAR INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE REMOVAL OF HUMAN REMAINS TO ITALY

The Funeral Director must contact the nearest Italian Consulate giving the full particulars of the deceased (complete name, place and date of birth) together with all the relevant information concerning the cause of death, place and date of death, place of burial and port of entry in Italy.

A request will then be forwarded to Italy by the Italian Consular Authority for the authorization of entry of the human remains and until the necessary authorization is received, the remains must not leave Great Britain. However, in the meantime the following documents must be obtained by the Funeral Director:

  1. copy of the Death Certificate legalized by the legalization department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, PO Box 6255 - Milton Keynes MK10 1XX - Tel. 03700 00 22 44 (from the UK), +44 20 7008 5959 (from outside the UK);
  2. embalming certificate;
  3. doctor’s certificate, stating that the deceased did not suffer from any infectious or contagious disease;
  4. photocopy of the Coroner’s “Out of England Order”;
  5. in the case of a Coroner’s Interim Certificate being temporarily presented, the Funeral Director must undertake to obtain, once the inquest is closed, two copies of the Death Certificate issued by the Registrar for the use of this Office’s;
  6. should the deceased be of Italian nationality, it is necessary to produce the Italian passport and/or identity card;
  7. the consular fees amount to around £st.45 payable by cheque be made payable to the “Italian Consulate General” ;
  8. Funeral Director's declaration (click here to download).

Once the authorization has been obtained from Italy, the coffin has to be brought to this Office for the Consular Seals to be affixed (by appointment only, between 12 noon and 1pm – kindly bring a blow torch along) without which the body would not be allowed to enter Italy.

CONSULAR INSTRUCTIONS RELATING TO REMAINS AND COFFINS

  1. The corpse must be embalmed and in a thoroughly sanitary state of preservation for transportation, and the certificate of an accredited embalmer must be attached to the documents.
  2. The corpse, enclosed in a suitable shroud or clothing, must then be placed in a zinc casket ,not less than 0.66 mm thick, or in a lead casket not less than 1.5 m thick; the metal casket must be hermetically sealed by some form of soldering.
  3. The metal casket is to be further enclosed within an outer casket of solid wood, the thickness of which shall not be less than 25 mm throughout, and the base of which shall be made of one or more pieces not exceeding five in number, each joint being secured with a strong and permanent glue. Between the metal casket and the outer wooden casket, there shall be a layer of pulverized peat, wood sawdust or other suitable absorbent material. The walls of the wooden outer casket shall be made of one or more pieces, joined in the same way as the boards forming the base. The base shall be firmly joined to the walls with nails at 20 cm intervals, secured with suitable mastic. The lid of the outer casket shall be of one piece or constructed as the base.
  4. It is permitted to use either a casket or a coffin (i.e. with shoulders-shape). Carvings are permitted, provided that the minimum thickness of the timber is not less than 25mm at any point.
  5. If the lid of the outer coffin is made of more than one piece and they are on different levels, each must be of one piece.
  6. The lid of the outer casket must be fastened to the walls with screws placed at 20 cm intervals. The completed casket must then be bound with metal bands not less than 2 cm wide, placed not more than 50 cm apart, the bands being secured with nails or screws. The outer casket must carry the maker’s name and trademark.
  7. In order that the Consular Official may affix the seals, it is necessary to make a hole 4 cm in diameter (1.5 inches) and 1 cm deep around each of the two screws positioned exactly in the middle at the head and at the foot of the lid of the casket.


CONSULAR INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE REMOVAL OF ASHES TO ITALY

The Funeral Director or family member must contact the Italian Consulate IN WRITING (fax or e-mail) giving the full particulars of the deceased (complete name, place and date of birth) details of the place of burial (name of town, cemetery, family tomb etc.) together with a copy of the death certificate and the deceased’s passport/Identity card.

A request will then be forwarded to Italy by the Italian Consulate for the authorization of entry of the ashes and until the necessary authorization is received, the ashes must not leave Great Britain. However, in the meantime the following documents must be obtained by the Funeral Director/family:

1. Certified Copy of the Death Certificate. If the deceased is an Italian national or of Italian descent, the certificate must be legalized by the legalization department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Milton Keynes) www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation;
2. Certificate of cremation in original;
3. Should the deceased be of Italian nationality, it is necessary to produce the Italian passport/identity card to be cancelled;
4. The consular fees amount to around £st.45.00 payable by cheque or cash;
5. Funeral Director's declaration (please see enclosed copy).

Please note an Interim Death certificate does not need to be legalized.

Once the authorization has been obtained from Italy, the casket has to be brought to this Office for the Consular Seals to be affixed (by appointment only, between 9 am and 12 noon) without which the ashes would not be allowed to enter Italy.

THE CASKET

1. The ashes must be placed in a solid hardwood casket

2. A plaque bearing the name, surname, date of birth and date of death of the deceased should be place on the top of the casket (click here).

3. In order that the Consular Official may affix the seals on the bottom of the casket, it is necessary to make two countersunk holes (4 cm in diameter and 1 cm deep) over two of the screws (on the bottom of the casket) (see picture).

 

TO REGISTER A DEATH please send by post to the WELFARE OFFICE of the Consulate:

  • legalized death certificate (certified copy issued by the British Register Office). Photocopies are not accepted;
  • application to register a british certificate of Death (cliccare qui);
  • photocopy of the passport of the deceased.

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