How to Import a Deceased or Dead Body in Nigeria

Import a Deceased or Dead Body in Nigeria By Yourself

  • The Federal Ministry of Health has established a Port Health Services unit to handle requests for Import of a Dead Body or Deceased Person.
  • To find the contact information and address of the Federal Ministry of Health, click on the link
  • Visit the office to obtain a waiver for repatriation of corpses from the appropriate official.
  • You should ensure that all documents required by this page are available to you.
  • Please complete the application form according to the requirements. Include any relevant and necessary information about the deceased and the applicant.
  • The applicant must sign the application form after completing the form. All documents required (as applicable) must also be submitted to the office.
  • After receiving an intimation, collect the waiver from the office.
  • The responsible person in the other nation must then make arrangements to transport the mortal remains by any applicable means.
  • The person applying or the person living in another country can ask for assistance in arranging transport from the Nigerian representative.
  • A designated official will assist the person and will direct them to arrange the documents and get the required things done.
  • Follow these instructions to complete all required processes and receive the documents.
  • He/she can also help with getting quotes and other details. Follow the instructions and pay all fees.
  • The applicant must arrange for the reception of the deceased/dead body from abroad.
  • It is important that the applicant has everything prepared for the funeral and the burial/cremation. The import of a deceased/dead person into Nigeria will be handled in a proper manner.

Documents Required For Import a Deceased

To obtain the Repatriation Corpse Waiver

  • Completed application form
  • As a Nigerian citizen, proof of death
  • The applicant’s identification card
  • Evidence of residence
  • If required, proof of death
  • Additional documents (as needed)


  • Waiver of Repatriation of Corpse
  • Letter from a Nigerian family member requesting the Corpse Responsibility Undertaking
  • Passport of the Decedent
  • Certificate of death
  • Embalming Certificate/Laisser-Passez
  • Certificate of Cremation
  • Importation permit
  • Certificate of disinfection
  • Additional documents (as needed)

Find Office Locations and Contacts

Port Health Services unit, Federal Ministry of Health
Federal Secretariat Complex,
Phase III, ShehuShagari Way
Central Business District
FCT – Nigeria.
Phone: +234 812 725 6638
Website: Homepage link

Contact: Contact link

What are all the Eligibility

  • Anyone can request to import the body of a relative or family member who has died.
  • You can also apply if you are the authorised representative of a family member or relative.


The Nigerian representative will explain the costs involved and can be obtained at the office.


  • To avoid rejections, applicants are asked to fill out the application form accurately and completely. All required documents must also be submitted.
  • Following a prescribed process, the applicant can apply for an import permit for the body of the deceased from the Federal Ministry of Health.
  • Funeral homes and mortuaries will likely issue the Cremation Certificate, Certificate of Embalming, and Burial Permit.
  • The Nigerian Government might also require a Certificate as evidence of disinfection at any health facility authorized by the country of export.

Requirements Information

  • Names and postal addresses of the applicant
  • Number of applicant’s identification card
  • Contact details
  • Name, address and any other details required by the applicant
  • Passport number
  • Bank details

You will need the document

If a Nigerian deceased needs to be repatriated or buried in Nigeria, the responsible person must follow the procedure.

Information that might be of assistance

The provisions regarding the deaths of other Nationalities in the country of origin affect the funeral/cremation/burial arrangements.


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