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23September2017

Landing of Human Remains in Sri Lanka

 

No Human corpse shall be landed in Sri Lanka unless such corpse has been arranged according to the following criteria

 

• Embalmed and enclosed in a coffin of hard wood with lead of zinc lining; or

 

• Packed in a coffin of hard wood with hermetically sealed lead or zinc lining with suitable disinfectants (such as chloride or zinc sulphate mixed with sawdust, filling the empty spaces within the coffin.

 

The following documents should be produced:

   

Certificate from the health authority where the death occurred stating that the corpse has been embalmed or packed accordingly

   

A certificate from the relevant authority of the place where the death occurred stating that the removal of the corpse from the place of death has been sanctioned by the said authorities (Burial/Transit Permit)

   

A certificate from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or diplomatic representative of the Government from where such corpse has been dispatched, stating that the coffin in which such corpse is encased contains only the body of the deceased

   

Where no diplomatic representative of the Government concerned is stationed at such place, proof to the satisfaction of the proper local authority that the coffin in which such corpse is encased contains only the body of the deceased

   

A certificate from the local health authority stating that the deceased did not die of quarantinable disease

   

Coroner’s certificate (if the death was not due to natural reasons)

   

Police Report (if the death was not due to natural reasons)

 

Where a vessel/aircraft arrives in Sri Lanka with the corpse of a person who has died during the voyage, or during the period that the vessel or aircraft emains in a port/airport in Sri Lanka , the master of the vessel/pilot shall,

   

Inform the proper authority of such fact

   

Carry out all instructions given by the proper authority for the disposal of the body and for the cleansing and disinfection of the vessel or aircraft

 

In order to bring human ashes to Sri Lanka :

   

Permission of the proper authorities should be obtained.

   

Such permission shall be granted only if the ashes are sealed in a metal container which is air-tight and water-tight.

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