Question by  CHICHONA (21)

What are the laws pertaining to importing cremated remains to the US?


Answer by  Sunpipheny (116)

In 1984, CANA, the crematation society began to study different facets of the law. Many states chose a different path than CANA, in 1999 the society settled on the law.You must have a permit order. You must carry the urn or carrier on with you. It must be x-rayed .


Answer by  phidaux (6)

According to US Customs Law, cremated remains brought into the United States need to be carried in a wooden or other non-metal urn and be accompanied with an International Death Certificate as well as an International Cremation Certificate. The urn shoudl be with your carry on luggage and is subject to inspection.


Answer by  eyeguy (3760)

You may import the remains only through the help of the US State Department. US soldiers remains are treated as national security items and must be handled with proper protocol


Answer by  nanciwolf (11)

Cremated remains must be accompanied by the foreign death certificate which has been translated into English and clearly state the cause of death.


Answer by  TexasEm (311)

To import cremated remains into the United States people obtain clearance from CDCs Division of Global Migration and Quarantine. A death certificate will have to be provided to receive a permit. The permit and death certificate will have to accompany the remains. There are additional restrictions if the remains are of someone suspected to have died of a communicable illness.


Answer by  Ann89 (613)

Normally it should not be an issue as importing rules are rather lax in the US. If unsure check with the local authorities just to be on the safe side.

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