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Repatriation: medical, mortal remains, belongings


Repatriation: medical, mortal remains, belongings


In order for this Embassy to seek the necessary clearance from the relevant Authorities in Italy for the casket/urn containing mortal remains/ashes/bones to be introduced into Italy, the person in charge of the placement of the deceased’s remains (for example a relative, either in Italy or in New Zealand) is required to provide this Embassy with:
• A statement in writing indicating how said person/relative wishes to dispose of/retain the deceased’s remains in Italy (interment in a cemetery, dispersal in a particular location or retention in a place of residence), with full details/address etc. of the cemetery/location/residence.
New Zealand death certificate of the deceased duly apostilled and translated into Italian by the NZ Department of Internal Affairs.
Embalming and Transportation Certificate: A Statement by the Funeral Director stating how the remains: (i) were embalmed (in case of burial); (ii) cremated (in case of cremation); (iii) or prepared (in case of bones). The statement should also provide information (dimensions/materials, etc.) on the container/s that will be used to transport the mortal remains/ashes/bones to Italy and specify that these conform to International standards and regulations. The Funeral Director should finally state that the casket/urn contain the mortal remains/ashes/bones (and only the mortal remains/ashes/bones) of the deceased. The Embalming and Transportation Certificate must be translated into Italian by the NZ Department of Internal Affairs.
• A Statement from the relevant Regional Health Authority (not required for ashes) that there are no contagious or infectious diseases in the region and that the mortal remains/bones are not affected by such diseases. This statement must be apostilled and translated into Italian by the NZ Department of Internal Affairs.
• A photocopy of the deceased’s ID document (passport).
• Full flight itinerary for the transportation of the mortal remains to Italy
• Payment of the required consular fees (its amount will be quantified after collection and receipt of the entire documentation)

This Embassy will then issue a mortuary passport and a mortuary certificate attesting that all the requirements for the introduction of mortal remains into Italy have been accordingly met, and which must accompany the urn/casket.


Italian citizens currently registered in the A.I.R.E. for a period of at least 12 months and who intend to permanently relocate to Italy are exempt from customs' duties on all personal belongings including furniture and household goods. Please check the Italian version of this page for more information.