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Repatriation is where the deceased is repatriated or returned to another country after death.

The term can also be used to describe sending the deceased within a country or Ashes overseas.

Traditionally the cost of repatriation of the deceased was a very expensive process.  We offer repatriation services from $4,500.00 NZD for a body or $650 for Ashes. Families want their loved one returned home as soon as possible to lay them to rest.  These prices for repatriation are an indication only.  We do aim to work within a budget with families, without compromising on services.

At Just Funerals we are able to repatriate the body of a deceased person in in a timely fashion without having to put the family through undue financial burden, without having to compromise on quality or service. Just Funerals is a family run business, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are experienced in repatriation of deceased persons to many countries and all continents around the world. When you call Just Funerals you will speak to someone who you can trust and will assist you quickly.  We have completed repatriations to India, Australia, Samoa, Fiji, Niue, United States, Brazil, United Kingdom to name a few.

As the major airport in New Zealand is Auckland with about 25 different international airlines available, we transport the deceased via Auckland to make the fastest connection to their homeland, with minimal delays.  

We will work with your insurance company, family representative, embassy or consulate to facilitate the repatriation.

When considering reparation price may be a concern. As a general guide, Just Funerals is able to facilitate international repatriations of a deceased person for the following costs:

Returning Bodies Overseas

North Island, Including Auckland - International Destinations - Embalming, Dressing, Casket, Viewing, Funeral Service, Preparation for Reparation including attending to all paperwork. $8500Including GST + Transportation

South Island, Including Christchurch - International Destinations - Embalming, Dressing, Casket, Viewing, Funeral Service, Preparation for Reparation including attending to all paperwork. $10500 Including GST + Transportation

Examples of Transportation Costs;

United States $35.00 - $50.00 NZD Per Kg*

Africa $18.00 - $100.00 NZD Per Kg*

Europe $25.00 Per Kg*

North Island - Auckland - Pacific Island Destinations - Embalming, Dressing, Casket, Viewing, Transport to Your Funeral Service, Preparation for Reparation including attending to all paperwork. $4550 Including GST + Transportation (extra zinc lining for French Polynesia or other countires that require this)

A person weighing 75Kg will need a casket of approximately 40Kg including packaging materials.

Estimates Transportation to Pacific Island $8.00 x 115Kg = $920 + $350 Fees = $1270*

Europe $45.00 x 115Kg = $5175 + $500 Fees = $5675*

*These prices are an indication only

We also a 'Repatriation Only Service' with no Funeral Service here in New Zealand at a discounted rate. Please contact us to enquire for prices.

Returning Ashes Overseas:

Ashes Delivered to the following Countries:

Australia $590

United Kingdom $950

Europe $900

United States / Canada $800

South Africa $900

We also have a service available to hand deliver ashes worldwide - please call 0800 80 4663 for more information.  This service will resume sometime in 2022.

April 2022 UPDATE 

The cost of Air Freight continues to rise on a nearly weekly basis. Due to the restrictions for International Travel - options for flights overseas are extremly limited and therefore prices are increasing.  Some Airlines are Charging a Minumim of 120 kg, or in some cases a minumum charge of 250kg.

We are looking at a service to return ashes to the UK in May 2022.  This will be a resumption of Ashes, hand delivered, from Auckland or our Christchurch Branch to England, within a radius of 120miles from London, Birmingham or Manchester.  This serrvice will also be able to collect ashes from the same areas, for a cost of $1250.00 NZD. That is from our Funeral Home in Auckland or Christchurch, hand deliverd in the UK or vice versa.  This also depends on travel remaining open due to the situation in Europe.

Ashes can take upto 1 week for arrival - in some cases it takes less time that this.  For a little more than sending ashes via airfreight, we maybe able to deliver them, by hand, by us personally to your final destination (See our update in the prior paragraph).