Repatriation of Remains

Documentation Required for Exportation of Remains/Ashes/Cremains


To facilitate the exportation of the remains, the Embassy prepares a Consular Mortuary Certificate which includes flight details and consignee and incorporates the following documents:

  1. An official Bolivian Death Certificate, which is a certificate issued by the local Bolivian Civil Registry;
  2. Permit from the city (municipalidad) to export remains;
  3. Certificate of Embalming, which document certifies the chemicals that were used for embalming the body and is issued by the funeral home;
  4. A Consular Mortuary Certificate issued by the Consular Section;
  5. Affidavit by the Local Bolivian Mortician, which should be attached to the consular Mortuary Certificate, and must state that the casket contains only the body of the deceased and the necessary clothing and packing.  This document is prepared by the Embassy;
  6. Transit Label issued by the Consular Section.

CDC requirements for importing human remains depend upon if the body has been embalmed, cremated, or if the person died from a quarantinable communicable disease.

At this time, COVID-19 is a quarantinable communicable disease in the United States and the remains must meet the standards for importation found in 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part 71.55 and may be cleared, released, and authorized for entry into the United States only under the following conditions:

  • The remains are cremated; OR
  • The remains are properly embalmed and placed in a hermetically sealed casket; OR
  • The remains are accompanied by a permit issued by the CDC Director. The CDC permit (if applicable) must accompany the human remains at all times during shipment.
    • Permits for the importation of the remains of a person known or suspected to have died from a quarantinable communicable disease may be obtained through the CDC Division of Global Migration and Quarantine by calling the CDC Emergency Operations Center at 770-488-7100 or emailing

Please see CDC’s guidance for additional information.