Body repatriation to Kenya

Diaspora Maisha Poa cash plan intends have accredited undertakers/funeral directors. These are funeral directors who have specialist knowledge of dealing with Kenyan funerals and/or body repatriations. They will also need to have partya who will take over the process once the body arrives in the country.

Body Repatriation Requirements

Post-mortem Report

Death Certificate

Embalmment and Cremation Certificate

Export Permit (from concerned country’s authorities) to repatriate the body

Infectious/non-infectious disease certificate (issued by a coroner)

Kenyan Passport or Foreign Issued Passport with Kenya Permanent Residence endorsed in the Passport.

Certificate of Contents (declaration of coffin contents done by the undertakers)

The documents must reach the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Nairobi) before the body can be repatriated.

Where all the required documents are available, the undertaker should approach undertakers in Kenya directly to avoid unnecessary delays in processing repatriation of human remains to Kenya. The local Kenyan Embassy should be approached only in those cases where the deceased’s passport cannot be found.

The above stated documents should reflect the name on Kenyan identity documents of the deceased.

If the human remains are transported to Kenya by air, all documents mentioned above should be faxed directly to the funeral directors/undertakers in Kenya together with contact details (telephone numbers and names) of the undertakers in the host country (that is, country where the body is coming from), next of kin in both host country and in Kenya.

Funeral homes/Undertakers in Kenya require at least one (1) full day to obtain import permit (clearance) provided that all required documents are availed to them. Sending to Kenya inadequate documents will automatically delay the process.

Deceased without a passport

Please note that in cases whereby the deceased does not have a passport, the undertakers or relatives of the deceased should approach the Kenyan Embassy with the following additional documents:

  1. a) Kenyan national identity card and / or Kenyan birth certificate OR
  2. b) Affidavit written by the next of kin stating whether the deceased had a passport or whether it was lost and whether he/she never had a passport. If the relatives do not know anything pertaining to the deceased ever having a passport, they should state so in the affidavit.