If death had occurred overseas, it should first be registered with the relevant foreign authorities where the death occurred. The body of a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident may be brought back to Singapore for cremation or burial after the coffin (import) permit is granted.
Documents required to apply for permit
- Death Certificate issued by the country where death occurred (copy of English translation is required if the death certificate is in ethnic languages), Cause of Death
- Certificate or a Statutory Declaration
- Sealing Certificate for the coffin
- Embalming Certificate, where applicable
- Coffin Export Permit from the country exporting the body
- Air Waybill (Air Consignment Note) if by air
$10 for the coffin permit. The Permit to Bury/Cremate will be issued with the coffin permit at no extra charge.
Location to apply for permit
|Place||Address & Contact||Opening Hours|
|Port Health Office||4545 Jalan Bukit Merah
Tel: 6222 2585
Fax: 6222 8543
|Airport Health Office||Airport Health Office
Singapore Changi Airport
Tel: 6543 2515
Fax: 6543 1973
List of international repatriation services
- International Funeral Repatriation Services (Singapore)
- Singapore Funeral Services
- Casket Fairprice
Letter of authorization
If the application is by the funeral director, the Permit to Cremate/Bury will be granted provided the next-of-kin gives a letter of authorization for the funeral director to apply for the permit.
If the body is an HIV-infected Singaporean Citizen, a prior written approval has to be obtained from National Environment Agency (NEA).
Documents required for death registration in Singapore
- Death Certificate issued by the foreign authorities (copy of English translation is required if the death certificate is in ethnic languages)
- Coffin (Import/Export) permit
- Permit to Bury/Cremate
- Deceased's Singapore identity card, passport, Citizenship Certificate (if any), and
- Informant's identification documents
Also read: Death registration in Singapore