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Nigeria - Obtain a Burial Permit

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  1. There are a number of things to consider which cannot be arranged before the death occurs.
  2. These will need to be taken into consideration as well.
  3. Go to the Office of health official at the Municipal Council or his representative in your Area.
  4. Bring the required documents.
  5. Present and submit the documents.
  6. While local law does not prohibit cremation, there are no facilities available in Nigeria for that purpose and there is no immediate likelihood of cremation becoming available.
  7. When the deceased is a foreigner and is to be exported. When the remains of a deceased person are to be transported out of the country, they are placed in zinc-lined coffin which is sealed by soldering.
  8. The coffin has to be with a hardwood exterior.
  9. Before shipping by air, the coffin is placed in a wooden shipping case.
  10. All required containers are readily available locally through the undertakers.
  11. The caskets and the containers are sealed by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health official for customs clearance.
Exportation of Remains
  1. Local requirements and procedure for the exportation of human remains are:
  2. Embalming of the remains.
  3. Enclosure of the remains as described in Paragraph above.
  4. Copy of official death certificate from Nigerian health authorities.
  5. Embalming certificate (Form A or B) from health authorities.
  6. Burial permit from the local health authorities.
  7. Consular Mortuary Certificate for shipment from the consular of your embassy in Nigeria of remains .
  8. Affidavit of Funeral Director for witnessing the packing of the remains to the foreign country , notarized by Consul from the embassy.
  9. Expedition Permit of Human Remains
  10. The Final preparations for shipment are usually made in Lagos.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • To obtain a new burial permit,
  • Bring either a copy of the original burial permit,
  • Transit burial permit, or death certificate.
  • If you do not have a copy of the original forms, you will be required to complete a "Disinterment Form" prior to receiving the new burial permit.
  • A medical certificate of death issued by the hospital or death certificate
  • A copy of the National Identity Card of the deceased or any other document certifying his identity
  • Authorization of foreign consular services the deceased (for foreigners)
For foreigners
  • Death certificate;
  • Embalming certificate where applicable;
  • Sealing (of the coffin) certificate;
  • Export Permit; and
  • Air Waybill (Air Consignment Note) if by air.
Requirements Shipping Human Remains
  • Transport of Human Remains

1. Certified copies of Death certificate. (2) If the death certificates do not show cause of death, the consulate will require a photo of the original showing the cause or a letter of non contagious disease w/ cause from attending

2. Burial/Transit Permit w/ raised seal

3. Passport of decedent

4. Embalmer's affidavit

5. Letter of embalming on funeral home letterhead. Letter must state remains were placed in a metal sealer casket, signed and notarized

6. Letter of non-contagious disease from local State or County Health Official stating that the body did not die from a communicable disease and that there were no contagious diseases present in the area at the time of death, signed and notarized

7. Letter of preparation on funeral home letterhead,

8. Certificate of Authentication for Notary from County Clerk

9. Funeral home letter stating: 1) only remains are inside the casket 2) flight itinerary; 3) consignee's name, address, and telephone number; signed and notarized

10. Metal Sealer Casket

11. Outer wood box required/ no inner liner

12. No consul inspection is required. The Consul will issue a letter of permission to ship. Fee $10.00 (money orders only)

13. Letter from the family verifying that they will pick up the body upon arrival in Nigeria with the name, address and phone number of the consignee

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


Block 'F' Old Secretariat, Area I, Garki, Abuja

P.M.B. 0016, Garki Post Office

Tel: 09-2341602, 2341525, 2341935, 2341936

National Bureau of Statistics

Address: Plot 762, Independence Avenue, Central Business District, Abuja.

Phone: +234 1 2731085; Fax: +234 1 2731084


National Population Commission

Address: Plot 2031, Olusegun Obasanjo Way, Wuse Zone 7, Abuja.

Phone: +234 9 2343173


Those in China can contact

No 2, Dong Wu Jie

San Li Tun

Beijing 100600




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Any interested person or his authorized representative can obtain a burial permit.


  • The fee for a burial permit is $12.00 which is equivalent to 1500 Naira .
  • As per 85 State 90352, the local undertaker may be paid with a U.S. Dollar check.
  • If death occurs in a private hospital, there is a charge which varies from $ $180. per day for the use of morgue facilities. which
  • If death occurs out of Abuja, additional charges must be added to estimates for mileage and overland transportation costs between Abuja and the major cities of Nigeria.
  • The cost of exhumation and preparation for shipment includes a $1000 donation to the American Cemetery (if the remains are buried at the American Cemetery in Lagos) for the maintenance of the grounds plus 5000 Naira for digging the plot.


Usually It is Valid for 3 months in Nigeria the following my apply.

Maximum Period Before Interment
  • When a body is embalmed, Nigerian laws specifies no particular time period before burial except for ebola case which is immediate.
  • When a body is not embalmed, local law requires its burial within 24 hours. The requirement may be waived for exceptional reasons (such as waiting for instructions from abroad), or if an autopsy is required.

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

It take 7 days to 21 days to process a Burial Permit.

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The Nigerian Local laws specifies that embalming should begin within 24 hours after death has occurred at the latest.

Required Information[edit]

When planning a funeral, consider the following.

1. Collect personal information and compile to form an obituary.

2. information on the Chosen funeral home.

3. information where the decease will be buried or cremated.

4. information on the funeral location

5. information on the family members cemetery plot.

6. information on the will if he left one.

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Need for the Document[edit]

Burial permits are used for burial, cremation, scattering or disinterment. Burial permits may be obtained through any licensed funeral director or by applying in person at the Birth and Death Registration office located in Abuja or Lagos. A burial permit requires administrative authorization. Following are the procedures on how to obtain burial permit in Nigeria.

Information which might help[edit]

The Federal Government of Nigeria has directed that, in view of the Ebola epidemic, medical clearance would have to be obtained from the Federal Ministry of Health in Nigeria before the repatriation of corpses into the country.

All requests made to the Embassy for burial transit permit will be forwarded to Nigeria for thorough verification before the issuance of transit permit. Therefore, Applicants are required to submit the following documents (three sets of items [1-6]):

  1. Burial Transit Permit
  2. Certification of Embalming & Preparation of Human Remains
  3. Notarized statement of the Funeral Director (saying that the casket contains only the remains of the deceased and nothing else)
  4. Medical Examiners Report (if applicable) if the deceased was killed
  5. Notarized copy of Death Certificate
  6. Certification of Vital Record regarding communicable/non-communicable disease(s) (this is to state whether or not the deceased had contagious disease.If so, the type of disease should be stated in this document)
  7. Nigerian Passport of the deceased (in case passport is not available, the closet relative should send a notarized letter stating same) #Prepaid USPS envelope - to return documents to sender.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

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