Consulate General of Ukraine in Chicago

, Kyiv 09:34

Repatriation of deceased citizens

Documents required for casket or urn with ash to cross Ukrainian State Border

According to Ukrainian Legislation to cross a border of Ukraine by the casket with deceased or urn with ash the following documents are required:

  1. The Certificate of Death with Apostille and notarized translation from English to Ukrainian.
  2. The Document about the absence of any foreign objects inside the casket (Example 1) or urn with ash (Example 2). This document can be arranged in English with Apostille and notarized translation from English to Ukrainian. For your convenience all examples of documents were prepared both in Ukrainian and English.

Passport of a deceased person should be sent to the Embassy of Ukraine to the U.S. or Ukrainian Consulate General (the consular district is mentioned at the main page – Consular Issues) along with a notarized copy of the Certificate of Death, Apostille and translation from English to Ukrainian. Practically it means that when the Funeral Home receives Certificate of Death with Apostille and notarized translation from English to Ukrainian it is necessary just to make copies of the mentioned documents and notarized copies.

An original Certificate of Death with Apostille and notarized translation from English to Ukrainian along with the original Document about absence of any foreign objects inside the casket or urn with ash with Apostille and notarized translation from English to Ukrainian have to accompany the casket or urn with ash to Ukraine.

The casket with body or urn with ash must be sealed-up by the Funeral Home.

Also, the above documents can be delivered to Ukraine by relatives or friends of a deceased person who will accompany the casket or urn with ash.

There are no strict requirements with respect to the urn with ash; however, the body should be transported in a metal casket.

For the air cargo transporting it is necessary to specify a cemetery in Ukraine as well as Ukrainian Funeral Home which will care about casket or the urn with ash in Ukraine. Both of them are a subject of private choice by relatives or friends of a deceased person. 

For further information or comments please call at 312-642-4388 (ext.22) or 312-536-94-18.