Issuing a mortal remains certificate

To transport mortal remains to Hungary, you will need a mortal remains certificate issued by the Hungarian embassy. A mortal remains certificate is not necessary for transporting ashes to Hungary.

Kulcsszavak: mortal remains certificate, consular cooperation, death certificate, transporting ashes to Hungary, public health authority

Mortal remains may be transported only in a closed casket (transport coffin) with the use of a dedicated vehicle that meets the public health and epidemiological requirements and basic funerary conditions.

  1. To transport mortal remains from Hungary, you will need the permission of the authorities of the country where the funeral is to be held and a license issued by the public health body at the place of death.
  2. To transport mortal remains to Hungary

To transport mortal remains to Hungary, you will need to obtain official permission from the Hungarian embassy, a transport permit issued by the public health authority at the place of death, and a statement issued by the destination cemetery or burial site.

If you wish to transport the mortal remains of a Hungarian citizen who passed away abroad to Hungary, the consular officer will provide help in contacting the person obliged to bury the deceased and the organisation providing transport services. The obligee shall request such assistance from the consular officer.

The application for the issue of the mortal remains certificate must be submitted to the consular officer at the embassy with jurisdiction over the place of death. The application may also be submitted to another embassy if justified by the planned transport route or another valid reason.

The application must include the following: 

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Mortal remains certificate

The Embassy/Consulate General of Hungary in ……………...……………. hereby allows the transport of the mortal remains of …………………………………………………., who passed away in the country ……….…………. and the city ……………………….. at …. hours ………………... minutes on ……. of the month of ,……… in the year 200_ as a result of …., to Hungary/through Hungary to the city of …..………………………….. within …….. days with the use of the vehicle …………………………………………………., for the purposes of cremation/burial, on the condition that all the applicable health-related provisions are complied with.

The mortal remains will be accompanied by the citizen(s): …………………………………………………….

 

Dated in ……………… on …….., ……………………….. 202_

 

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The competent authority shall issue the mortal remains certificate within 8 days.

Application for the issue of a mortal remains certificate.

 

Documents to be attached the application:

A fee of EUR 35 is payable for the issue of the mortal remains certificate by an embassy.

The administrative duties and applicable fees for transporting mortal remains to Hungary shall be borne by the person obliged to bury the deceased.

When transporting mortal remains from Hungary, you must contact the competent authorities at the place of destination and the public health body at the place of death. When transporting mortal remains to Hungary, contact the Hungarian embassy and the public health authorities of the country of origin.

 

The applicant may appeal against the decision of the consular officer pertaining to the issue of the mortal remains certificate. The appeal must be submitted within 15 days of the notification of the decision (receipt of the decision to refuse the issuance of the mortal remains certificate) to the consular officer. There are no special formal rules for the appeal; however, the appellant must provide reasons for the submission of the appeal.

Appeals brought against decisions made by the consular officer in the scope of his or her duties will be evaluated by the minister for foreign affairs.

Please note that consular cooperation is required for the issue of the mortal remains certificate necessary for transporting mortal remains (in a casket) to Hungary; however, no special permission is required for transporting ashes (in an urn). Nevertheless, we recommend that persons transporting urns keep the certificate for the contents of the urn (and possibly a translation thereof) issued by the funeral service provider that sealed the urn and the death certificate together with the sealed urn containing the ashes.

If the laws of the country of the place of death do not allow the issuing of the urn to the relative or forwarding by post, the consular officer will, at the request of the relative, issue a certificate on the possibility afforded by the laws of Hungary. A consular fee of EUR 25 is payable for the certificate.

If the relatives of the deceased wish to transport the mortal remains to a country other than Hungary, the consul may issue a transit mortal remains certificate if the mortal remains are going to be transported through Hungary. If the mortal remains are transported directly to a third country, the relative obliged to bury the deceased must contact the diplomatic or consular representative of the target country.

The mortal remains certificate shall be issued in Hungarian or the language of the country of place of death and/or in English, taking into account which country will conduct the border inspection for the casket.

Please note that the death of a Hungarian citizen abroad must also be registered in Hungary. 

Case description last updated: 16/07/2020

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