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Authorization to ship human/exhumed remains or ashes to Italy requires that the documents listed below be submitted by the Funeral Home to the Consular Office. It is advised that processing requires 10 to 15 working days from the date the request and proper documentation are received:

1.two original death certificates with Apostille (for information on the Apostille go to the Legalization/Notary page);
2.Ashes require two cremation certificates, notarized and with Apostille;
3.Human/exhumed remains require an Affidavit from the City Health Department certifying that death was not the result of a contagious disease;
4.notarized affidavit from the Director of the Funeral Home (go to form Shipment Of Human/Exhumed Remains Or Ashes)
5.information sheet on the deceased on funeral home stationery reporting the following:

a.deceased’s full name (including maiden name if female); date and place of birth (city/town and province/state) and date and place of death (city/town and province/state);
b.full names of both parents (including mother’s maiden name);, local address and phone number of a relative;
d.port of embarkation in the U.S. and port of disembarkation in Italy;
e.airline information (carrier, flight number, departure and arrival dates and times); and province of burial site in Italy;
g.Italian passport number;
h.For shipment of ashes only: name and passport number of the person who will be accompanying the urn to Italy.

Fees must be paid in exact cash ONLY at the time the application is submitted.

Consular fees are subject to change based on fluctuations in the rate of exchange. Contact the Consular Office for information on current charges

Upon receipt of the foregoing documentation the Consular Office will request authorization from the proper Authority in Italy (Comune) for the remains or ashes to enter the country. When authorization is received, the Consular Office will contact the funeral home to arrange for the sealing of the casket or the wooden box containing the urn and to consign the necessary travel documents.
Exhumed remains, following delivery to a major city, must use land transportation to the final destination. Air hearses are prohibited.

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