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Apply for an International Mortuary Passport

You want to transport a deceased person to a place outside Lower Saxony. In order to be able to carry out the transport, an international mortuary passport may be required. You can also have it applied for by the funeral home in charge of the transport.

The application can be submitted either by you as a private individual or by the commissioned funeral home to the health department of the place of death.

Only when all the necessary documents have been obtained and all requirements have been met can the health department process the application for the issuance of an international mortuary passport.

The responsibility lies with the health authorities of the district or the district-free city.

- The certificate of release from the public prosecutor's office required for the issuance of an international mortuary passport in the event of an unexplained cause of death or an uncertainly identified deceased person is available.

- The transport regulations in accordance with the International Convention on the Transport of Corpses are complied with.

- written, informal application

- in case of application by a funeral home: written power of attorney

- Certificate of proper coffin and compliance with the transport regulations in accordance with the International Convention for the Carriage of Corpses (IALB) by the funeral home

- Death certificate with confidential section

- Death certificate or death notice from the registry office

- Certificate of release from the public prosecutor's office in case it is not a natural death or the deceased person cannot be identified with certainty.

Fee: 40,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No

There are no deadlines to be observed.

Informal application

  • Complaint

When transporting a corpse abroad, the legal regulations of the destination country and the countries of transit must be observed. Information can be obtained from the relevant consulates and embassies of these countries.

Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Equality

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Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Gesundheit
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible


Sophie-Marie Brux
Telephone: 05931 44-2193
D 193
responsible for:

Data protection information

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)