PROCEDURES FOR RETURNING HUMAN CORPSES OR REMAINS TO VIETNAM
1. Corpses or remains of the following
persons can be shipped to Vietnam
(except cases mentioned in Item 2):
a. Vietnamese citizens
who have permanent residence in Vietnam;
b. Vietnamese living
abroad who have relatives (father, mother, adopted father, adopted mother,
husband/wife, child, adopted child, siblings…) permanently residing in Vietnam;
c. Foreigners who
have permanent residence in Vietnam.
2. Corpses are not allowed to be shipped to
Vietnam if the deceased died of deadly infectious diseases, such as: A-H5N1; bubonic plague, small-pox, cholera, Yellow
fever, Ebola, lassa fever, marburg fever, west Nile fever, …
3. In order to apply for
a Permit to return human corpses or remains
to Vietnam, the following
documents should be submitted to the Consulate in person or by mail:
- 01 filled out
Application (Form 01/ NG- LS);
- 01 copy of passport
or travel document of the deceased (if any);
- 01 copy of Permit of
permanent residency in Vietnam
of the deceased if he/she is a foreigner who has permanent residence in Vietnam.
- 01 copy of Death
- 01 copy of
Quarantine Certificate issued by competent authorities (for corpse); or copy of
Cremation Certificate (for cremated remains);
- 01 copy of
Application for burial of corpse or human remains of the deceased in Vietnam (Form 02/NG-LS),
which is already approved by Vietnamese local authorities or cemetery
- Fees can be paid in
cash if applied in person. Otherwise,
the fees must be in the form of MONEY ORDER, or CASHIER’S CHECK, or CERTIFIED
CHECK payable to “The Consulate of Vietnam”.
- Mail back: A
self-addressed postage-paid return envelope should be submitted if the
applicant requests the permit to be returned by mail. The Consulate recommends
that applicant(s) use USPS Express Mail or FedEx with the tracking
numbers. USPS - United States Postal
Service (prepaid postage stamp envelope or return label) can be bought online
or prepaid return FedEx label can be bought online at www.fedex.com.
You are advised to keep the tracking number for your own reference.
4. Processing time takes up to 1-2 working
days. In case of urgency, the Consulate can send out permits within 24 hours.
* Upon receiving the
documents, applicants are advised to double check the accuracy of all the
information and inform the Consulate of any errors immediately. Otherwise, they
will solely bear responsibility for any hindrance afterwards.
information, please contact the Consular Section