Death of a U.S. Citizen

In the event of the death of a U.S. citizen in Brazil, please contact either the U.S. Embassy or closest Consulate. If no family members are present, the Consular Section will contact the next of kin in the U.S. The Consular Section can assist family members in making arrangements for the disposition of the remains. Please be advised that no U.S. government funds are available to cover any of the expenses involved. We will also issue a Consular Report of Death Abroad, which is an official document that can be used in the U.S. to settle all legal matters relating to the deceased’s estate and insurance. In order to issue a Consular Report of Death, a Brazilian Death Certificate is required. For more information on Death Abroad access the State Department website.

If the family wishes to send the remains to the United States, please be aware that the process for preparing and returning remains to the U.S. is complex and may be expensive. The family of the deceased is responsible for all costs. For more information please check the Disposition of Remains Report for Brasilia, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo below.

Please see list of funeral homes.

Please ask the funeral home not to make any arrangements regarding disposition of remains until it receives instructions from the family or the Embassy/ Consulate.

Disposition of Remains Report:

The following figures are estimated in U.S. dollars. Please note that the exchange rate fluctuates frequently.

Maximum Period Before Burial

  • When Remains Are Embalmed: If embalmed by using formaldehyde, the body must be buried within five to six days. If fully embalmed by the Spanish “Barnes” system or a Similar system, the time permitted for burial is indefinite.
  • When Remains Are Not Embalmed: In Brasilia, the city morgue has refrigeration facilities and not embalmed remains may be kept up to 15 days if necessary. Outside urban areas, refrigeration facilities may be scarce.

Embalming:
Embalming must be done by a licensed physician, and must be specifically requested. If death was accidental, or occurred in the absence of a physician, local authorities will require an autopsy prior to embalming. When refrigeration facilities are unavailable, embalming must be performed within twenty-four hours following death.

Cremation:
Cremation is available at the Cemeterio Cidade Jardins, Valparaiso, State of Goias (near Brasilia). All arrangements must be done through a Funeral Agency.

Brazilian law states that written proof expressing a desire to be cremated is required. In lieu of written proof, three witnesses must testify to the expressed wishes of the deceased or family. A court order is required to release remains for cremation when death occurs from other than natural causes.

Caskets and Containers:
When remains are to be transported out of the country, the body is first embalmed or otherwise appropriately prepared or cremated for shipment. It is then placed in a casket with zinc lining, or urn in the case of cremation, within a wooden coffin which is finally placed in a suitable packing case that can support the weight of the complete container and body. Caskets and urns are available locally. They are prepared according to international regulations and meet the requirements for shipment out of the country.

Exportation of Remains:

Human Remains: To export human remains, the following documents are required by authorities:

  • Official Death Certificate;
  • Embassy’s Consular Mortuary Certificate;
  • Embalming Certificate;
  • Transportation Document issued by Civil Police; and
  • Authorization from the Federal Police to ship the remains out of the country.

Ashes: To export cremation, the following documents are required by authorities:

  • Official Death Certificate;
  • Certificate of Cremation;
  • Transportation Document issued by Civil Police; and
  • Authorization from the Federal Police to ship the remains out of the country.

Costs
The following figures are estimated in U.S. dollars based on the consular exchange rate of US$ 1.00 = Brazilian Reais 3.60. All fees are approximate. The exchange rate fluctuates frequently.

Local Burial:
Fees include collection and transportation of remains, wood casket, funeral home charges, administrative fees, cost of burial plot in public cemetery for a period of five years, brief services with no mourners present. US$ 560 – US$ 1,000.

After five years, the remains are exhumed and placed in a common grave. Remains may be transferred to a small box and placed in a memorial wall for a fee of US$ 250. Perpetual graves are difficult to obtain and very expensive due to a shortage of cemetery space, but the funeral agency might obtain if requested.

Cremation and Disposal of Ashes for Shipment to the United States:
Fees include collection and transportation of cremains, Doctor’s certificate, urn, crematorium fees, brief services with no mourners present and scattering of ashes. US$ 900 – US$ 1,400.

Embalming:
Fees include embalming and Doctor’s / funeral director’s certification for shipment to the United States, casket with zinc lining, container for internal transportation. US$ 620 – US$ 1,000.

Cremation:
Fees include cremation and Doctor’s / funeral director’s certification. US$ 280 – US$ 560.

Transportation to the United States:
The average weight of casket and containers for the export of remains is 250 Kgs (approximately 550 pounds). Below are estimated prices for air shipment from Brasilia to various points in the United States:

Destination Cost
Brasilia to New York $620
Brasilia to Chicago $730
Brasilia to Dallas $730
Brasilia to Los Angeles $730
Brasilia to Miami $560

Exhumation and Shipment:
Remains may not be disinterred for five years (adults) and three years (children) without special permission from Judicial Order. Cost of preparation and shipment of exhumed remains to the United States is approximately US$ 1,400.

Remarks:
There will be additional costs if the remains need to be transported within country prior to their departure form the capital. There will also be additional costs should the remains transit an airport outside Brasilia and make a stopover on route to the final destination in the United States.

Rio Grande do Sul:

Crematório Metropolitano
Av. Prof. Oscar Pereira 584 – Porto Alegre, RS
phone: (55) 0800 510 2624

Crematório Metropolitano
Rua Theodormiro Porto da Fonseca 3249 – São Leopoldo, RS
phone: (55) 0800 510 2006

Crematório Metropolitano
Av. Sen. Salgado Filho 2980 – Viamão, RS
phone: (55) 0800 510 9899

The laws cited are from the national law of Brazil, The Revised Administrative Code of 1984 (RAC). All costs are given in U.S. dollars, but exchange rates fluctuate frequently.

Maximum Period Before Burial

  • When Remains Are Embalmed: If embalmed by using formaldehyde, the body must be buried within five to six days. If fully embalmed by the Spanish “Barnes” system or a Similar system, the time permitted for burial is indefinite.
  • When Remains Are Not Embalmed: When a body is not embalmed, burial must be within 24 hours of death.

Embalming:
Embalming must be done by a licensed physician, and must be specifically requested. If death was accidental, or occurred in the absence of a physician, local authorities will require an autopsy prior to embalming. When refrigeration facilities are unavailable, embalming must be performed within twenty-four hours following death.

Cremation:
Cremation is available at the Morada da Paz cemetery, Memorial Guararapes cemetery in Pernambuco and Jardim Metropolitano in Ceará. All arrangements must be done through a Funeral Agency.

Brazilian law states that written proof expressing a desire to be cremated is required. In lieu of written proof, three witnesses must testify to the expressed wishes of the deceased or family. A court order is required to release remains for cremation when death occurs from other than natural causes.

Caskets and Containers:
When remains are to be transported out of the country, the body is first embalmed or otherwise appropriately prepared or cremated for shipment. It is then placed in a casket with zinc lining, or urn in the case of cremation, within a wooden coffin which is finally placed in a suitable packing case that can support the weight of the complete container and body. Caskets and urns are available locally. They are prepared according to international regulations and meet the requirements for shipment out of the country.

Exportation of Remains:

Human Remains: To export human remains, the following documents are required by authorities:

  • Official Death Certificate;
  • Embassy’s Consular Mortuary Certificate
  • Embalming Certificate;
  • Transportation Document issued by Civil Police; and
  • Authorization from the Federal Police to ship the remains out of the country.

Ashes: To export cremation, the following documents are required by authorities:

  • Official Death Certificate;
  • Certificate of Cremation;
  • Transportation Document issued by Civil Police; and
  • Authorization from the Federal Police to ship the remains out of the country.

Costs
The following figures are estimated in U.S. dollars based on the consular exchange rate of US$ 1.00 = Brazilian Reais 3.60. All fees are approximate. The exchange rate fluctuates frequently.

Local Burial: Fees include collection and transportation of remains, wood casket, funeral home charges, administrative fees, cost of burial plot in public cemetery for a period of five years, brief services with no mourners present. US$ 560 – US$ 1,000.

After five years, the remains are exhumed and placed in a common grave. Remains may be transferred to a small box and placed in a memorial wall for a fee of US$ 250. Perpetual graves are difficult to obtain and very expensive due to a shortage of cemetery space, but the funeral agency might obtain if requested.

Cremation and Disposal of Ashes for Shipment to the United States:
Fees include collection and transportation of cremains, Doctor’s certificate, urn, crematorium fees, brief services with no mourners present and scattering of ashes. US$ 900 – US$ 1,400.

Embalming:
Fees include embalming and Doctor’s / funeral director’s certification for shipment to the United States, casket with zinc lining, container for internal transportation. US$ 620 – US$ 1,000.

Cremation:
Fees include cremation and Doctor’s / funeral director’s certification. US$ 280 – US$ 560.

Transportation to the United States:
The average weight of casket and containers for the export of remains is 250 Kgs (approximately 550 pounds). Below are estimated prices for air shipment from Brasilia to various points in the United States:

Destination Cost
Recife to New York $840
Recife to Los Angeles  $1,055
Recife to Miami $780

Exhumation and Shipment:
Remains may not be disinterred for five years (adults) and three years (children) without special permission from Judicial Order. Cost of preparation and shipment of exhumed remains to the United States is approximately US$ 1,400.

Remarks:
There will be additional costs if the remains need to be transported within country prior to their departure form the capital. There will also be additional costs should the remains transit an airport outside Recife and make a stopover on route to the final destination in the United States.

The laws cited are from the national law of Brazil, The Revised Administrative Code of 1984 (RAC). All costs are given in U.S. dollars, but exchange rates fluctuate frequently.

Maximum Period Before Burial

  • When Remains Are Embalmed: If embalmed by using formaldehyde, the body must be buried within five to six days. If fully embalmed by the Spanish “Barnes” system or a similar system, the time permitted for burial is indefinite.
  • When Remains Are Not Embalmed: In Rio de Janeiro, the city morgue has refrigeration facilities and not embalmed remains may be kept up to 15 days if necessary. Outside urban areas, refrigeration facilities may be scarce.

Embalming:
Embalming can be done by any qualified person but must be certified by a physician. If death was accidental, or occurred in the absence of a physician, local authorities will require an autopsy prior to embalming. When refrigeration facilities are unavailable, embalming must be performed within twenty-four hours following death.

Cremation:
Cremation is available at Santa Casa da Misericórdia in Rio de Janeiro. All arrangements must be done through a funeral agency and/or a family member.

Brazilian law states that written proof expressing a desire to be cremated is required. In lieu of written proof, three witnesses must testify to the expressed wishes of the deceased or family. A court order is required to release remains for cremation when death occurs from other than natural causes.

Caskets and Containers:
When remains are to be transported out of the country, the body is first embalmed or otherwise appropriately prepared or cremated for shipment. It is then placed in a casket with zinc lining, or urn in the case of cremation, within a wooden coffin which is finally placed in a suitable packing case that can support the weight of the complete container and body. Caskets and urns are available locally. They are prepared according to international regulations and meet the requirements for shipment out of the country.

Exportation of Remains:

Human Remains:
To export human remains, the following documents are required by authorities:

  • Official Death Certificate;
  • Embassy’s Consular Mortuary Certificate;
  • Embalming Certificate;
  • Transportation Document issued by Civil Police; and
  • Authorization from the Federal Police to ship the remains out of the country.

Ashes: To export cremation, the following documents are required by authorities:

  • Official Death Certificate;
  • Certificate of Cremation;
  • Transportation Document issued by Civil Police; and
  • Authorization from the Federal Police to ship the remains out of the country.

Costs
The following figures are estimated in U.S. dollars based on the consular exchange rate of US$ 1.00 = Brazilian Reais 3.60. All fees are approximate. The exchange rate fluctuates frequently.

Local Burial:
Fees include collection and transportation of remains, wood casket, funeral home charges, administrative fees, cost of burial plot in public cemetery for a period of five years, brief services with no mourners present. US$ 730 – US$ 900.

After five years, the remains are exhumed and placed in a common grave. Remains may be transferred to a small box and placed in a memorial wall for a fee of US$ 80. Perpetual graves are difficult to obtain and very expensive due to a shortage of cemetery space, but the funeral agency might obtain if requested.

Cremation and Disposal of Ashes for Shipment to the United States:
Fees include collection and transportation of cremains, Doctor’s certificate, urn, crematorium fees, brief services with no mourners present and scattering of ashes. US$ 2,000 – US$ 2,120.

Embalming:
Fees include embalming and Doctor’s / funeral director’s certification for shipment to the United States, casket with zinc lining, container for internal transportation. US$ 500– US$ 560.

Cremation:
Fees include cremation and Doctor’s / funeral director’s certification. US$ 280 – US$ 560.

Transportation to the United States:
The average weight of casket and containers for the export of remains is 250 Kgs (approximately 550 pounds). Below are estimated prices for air shipment from Rio de Janeiro to various points in the United States:

Destination Cost
Rio de Janeiro to New York    $620
Rio de Janeiro to Chicago    $730
Rio de Janeiro to Dallas    $730
Rio de Janeiro to Los Angeles    $1,300
Rio de Janeiro to Miami    $560

Exhumation and Shipment:
Remains may not be disinterred for five years (adults) and three years (children) without special permission from Judicial Order. Cost of preparation and shipment of exhumed remains to the United States is approximately US$ 1,400.

Remarks:
There will be additional costs if the remains need to be transported within country prior to their departure from the capital. There will also be additional costs should the remains transit an airport outside Rio de Janeiro and make a stopover on route to the final destination in the United States.

The laws cited are from the national law of Brazil, The Revised Administrative Code of 1984 (RAC). All costs are given in U.S. dollars, but exchange rates fluctuate frequently.

Maximum Period Before Burial

  • When Remains Are Embalmed: If embalmed by using formaldehyde, the body must be buried within five to six days. If fully embalmed by the Spanish “Barnes” system or a similar system, the time permitted for burial is indefinite.
  • When Remains Are Not Embalmed: In São Paulo, the city morgue has refrigeration facilities and not embalmed remains may be kept up to 15 days if necessary. Outside urban areas, refrigeration facilities may be scarce.

Embalming:
Embalming must be done by a licensed physician, and must be specifically requested. If the death was accidental, or occurred in the absence of a physician, local authorities will require an autopsy prior to embalming. When refrigeration facilities are unavailable, embalming must be performed within twenty-four hours following death.

Cremation:
Arrangements for cremation generally must be done through a funeral home. Brazilian law states that written proof expressing a desire to be cremated is required. In lieu of written proof, three witnesses must testify to the expressed wishes of the deceased or family. A court order is required to release remains for cremation when death occurs from other than natural causes. Cremation is available at the following locations.

Santa Catarina:

Crematório Vaticano
Rua Pe. William Richard Schiller Filho 452 sl 2 0 Florianópolis, SC
phone: (55) (48) 3236-3006

Crematório Vaticano
Rod. Br 101 km 132 nr. 3650 – Bal. Camboriú, SC
phone: (55) (47) 3361-0400

Crematório Athenas
Rua Profa. Erotildes da Silva Fontes 1200 sl B – Itajaí, SC
Phone: (55) (47) 3348-8134

Paraná:

Crematório Vaticano
Rod. Do Caqui 928 – Campina Grande do Sul, PR
phone: (55) (41) 3019-3006

Crematório Perpétuo Socorro
Av. Des. Hugo Simas 35 – Curitiba, PR
phone: (55) (41) 3338-0191

São Paulo:

Crematório Municipal Dr. Jayme Augusto Lopes
Av. Francisco Falconi 437 – São Paulo, SP
phone: (55) (11) 2347-3549

Crematório Metropolitano Primaveras
Av. Otavio Braga de Mesquita 3601 – Guarulhos, SP
phone: (55) (11) 2404-8900

Crematório Memorial Parque Paulista
R. Dr. Jorge Bauduzzi 520 – Embu das Artes, SP
phone:: (55) (11) 4704-4922

Horto da Paz
Rod. Regis Bittencourt BR 116 KM 290 – Itapecirica da Serra, SP
phone: (55) (11) 4666-5067

Caskets and Containers:
When remains are to be transported out of the country, the body is first embalmed or otherwise appropriately prepared or cremated for shipment. It is then placed in a casket with zinc lining, or urn in the case of cremation, within a wooden coffin which is finally placed in a suitable packing case that can support the weight of the complete container and body. Caskets and urns are available locally. They are prepared according to international regulations and meet the requirements for shipment out of the country.

Exportation of Remains:

Human Remains:
To export human remains, the following documents are required by authorities:

  • Official Death Certificate;
  • Consulate’s Consular Mortuary Certificate;
  • Embalming Certificate;
  • Transportation Document issued by Civil Police; and
  • Authorization from the Federal Police to ship the remains out of the country.

Ashes: To export cremation, the following documents are required by authorities:

  • Official Death Certificate;
  • Certificate of Cremation;
  • Transportation Document issued by Civil Police; and
  • Authorization from the Federal Police to ship the remains out of the country.

Costs
The following figures are estimated in U.S. dollars based on the consular exchange rate of US$ 1.00 = Brazilian Reais 3.60. All fees are approximate. The exchange rate fluctuates frequently.

Local Burial:
Fees include collection and transportation of remains, wood casket, funeral home charges, administrative fees, cost of burial plot in public cemetery for a period of three years, brief services with no mourners present, US$ 1,400.

After three years, the remains are exhumed and placed in a common grave. Remains may be transferred to a small box and placed in a memorial wall for a fee of US$ 1,120. Perpetual graves are difficult to obtain and very expensive due to a shortage of cemetery space, however families may be able to do so by paying for a private cemetery.

Cremation and Disposal of Ashes:
Fees include collection and transportation of cremains, Doctor’s certificate, urn, crematorium fees, brief services with no mourners present and scattering of ashes. US$ 2,700.

Embalming:
Fees include embalming and Doctor’s / funeral director’s certification for shipment to the United States, casket with zinc lining, container for international transportation. US$ 4,800.

Cremation:
Fees include cremation and Doctor’s / funeral director’s certification. US$ 1,900.

Transportation to the United States:
The average weight of casket and containers for the export of remains is 250 Kgs (approximately 550 pounds). Below are estimated prices for air shipment from Sao Paulo to various points in the United States:

Destination Cost São Paulo to New York  $620
São Paulo to Chicago $730
São Paulo to Dallas $1,200
São Paulo to Los Angeles $1,300
São Paulo to Miami $560

The above fees refer to flight costs.

Exhumation and Shipment:
Remains may not be disinterred for three years (adults and children) without special permission by a Judicial Order. The remains (body) can be exhumed with permission of immediate family after three years according to Brazilian law. Cost of preparation and shipment of exhumed remains to the United States is approximately US$ 1,400.

Remarks:
There will be additional costs if the remains need to be transported within country prior to their departure from Sao Paulo. There will also be additional costs should the remains transit an airport outside Sao Paulo and make a stopover on route to the final destination in the United States. These costs should be confirmed with the funeral home.