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Nigeria - Import a Deceased / Dead Body

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1. The Embassy will inform the next-of-kin

2. Next of kin to visit the embassy of the country the deceased was living in.

3. The embassy will request for some documents from the next of kin, and also the funeral home holding the body in that country will contact the embassy for relevant clearance letters. They (the embassy) may also give the next of kin some forms to fill.

4. Each country has its own procedures for dealing with repatriation of the bodies of the deceased.

5. Identify a funeral home to take and preserve the body once it arrives.

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Required Documents[edit]

1. Proof that the deceased person was a Nigerian e.g. Passport, Birth Certificate.

2. Locally issued burial and/or transit permit.

3. Certified copy of the Death Certificate.

4. A letter from the local health authority certifying that the deceased did not die of contagious disease.

5. A letter from the Director of funeral home stating how the body was embalmed.

Required documents for Taking Ashes to Nigeria.

1.Copy of death certificate

2. Certificate from the crematorium

3. Certificate issued by the funeral director confirming that the contents are nothing but the remains and is not mixed with anything else.

4. Copy of Kenyan passport/ birth certificate or any acceptable form of identification of the deceased as proof that the deceased was Kenyan.

5. Pre-paid self addressed return courier envelope from Xpresspost

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]


Block 4A (301-399), 3rd Floor

New Fed. Secretariat Complex, Shehu Shagari Way,

P.M.B. 83, (Garki Post Office), Abuja

Tel: 09-5234590


5th Floor, Wing B, Radio

House, Area 10, Garki, Abuja


Sokode Crescent by Michael

Okpara Street, Zone 5,

Wuse, Abuja

Tel: 09-5230667-9

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Only the next of kin can state how the body will be handled.


  • No fee is charged for the service (The application forms registration)
  • However, the family will pay the airline transportation costs for the body, washing and embalming the body and buying the coffin.
  • The fees incurred differ with the country the deceased was in at the time of death, and also different airlines have different transportation fees.



They are valid until the deceased is finally buried in Nigeria.

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Processing Time[edit]

This process takes a 7days to 14 days to complete documentation.

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Only on receipt of all the documents will the High Commission issue a letter of no objection for the remains to be transported to Nigerian. It has to be confirmed that the coffin is hermetically sealed for carriage by air.

Required Information[edit]

1. The deceased persons identification information

2. Date of death

3. Next of kin information (name, address, contacts)if available

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Need for the Document[edit]

This is the process of bringing the body of a deceased Nigerian citizen who was in a foreign country back to Nigeria.

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

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