Can Cremated remains be taken overseas by Air?

Yes this is NOT a problem, unless you make it one!

It is suggested that if you are taking cremated remains overseas.  First check with the embassy of the country you are intending to visit to find out if they have any legal requirements.

Frequently, the embassy will ask for the death certificate, the cremation certificate and sometimes a letter of authenticity.  (This is either a letter or a certificate supplied by the crematorium stating that the cremated remains within the cremation urn are in fact the true remains of the particular person.)  You also need to be aware that  as English may not be spoken in the country you are going to; SOME of these countries will need translation of the certificates.  Translations are best done by N.A.A.T.I. (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters) info@naati.com.au or by telephone 1300 557 470.

These people are experts in their field and their translations are accepted worldwide.

Furthermore, in some very rare instances the country you are traveling to may require an Apostille Seal.  This is available from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in your State.  An “Apostille” is a form of authentication issued to documents for use in countries that participate in the Hague Convention of 1961.

Furthermore, as we all know airport security is a strict and necessary evil that has been forced on us by those selfish people who want to cause harm to innocent people.

Consequently, the cremated remains taken as carry-on luggage will be x-rayed.   The box that is supplied by the crematorium is plastic and can easily be x-rayed.  (IT IS BEST TO LEAVE THE ASHES IN THIS CONTAINER and there will not be a problem) Whereas, those people who insist on purchasing an expensive cremation urn will frequently, find that the urn is metal or of some other substance that cannot be x-rayed.  At this point you will have the cremated remains taken from you possibly never to be seen again.

Furthermore it is strongly suggested that cremated remains are taken as carry-on luggage.  The last thing you want is for your loved one to be on their way to New York with your stowed baggage while you are going to Denmark with your laptop.

If you are traveling interstate with the ashes.  Please drive safely and comply will all the road rules.  We want you to come back home safe and sound.  There is no need to obtain permission to move cremated remains or ashes around Australia.

For more information on funeral arrangements, please contact us at anytime, we are available 24/7.