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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • TRANSPORTATION OF HUMAN ASHES AND REMAINS TO POLAND

  • According to Polish Law – Act of Law of January 31, 1959 about cemeteries and burial of deceased individuals  and  Regulation of Minister of Health of December 27, 2007 regarding issuance of permits and certificates for transportation of human remains and ashes, the shipment of a human remains/ashes to Poland is possible upon obtaining a transportation permit issued by consul within consular jurisdiction.

    In order to obtain permit for transportation of human ashes the applicant must submit the following documents:

     

    1. a petition for the consular permit concerning transportation of human ashes to Poland (it has to be filled in by the family member of the deceased or another person who is in charge of sending the ashes to Poland); to obtain a copy of the petition click here;
    2. a death certificate (one copy) with an "Apostille" issued by the Office of the Secretary of State;
    3. a certificate of cremation including the personal information about the deceased person;
    4. written permission for shipment and burial of human ashes issued by the appropriate County Executive (Starosta Powiatowy) or Town/City President in Poland - a fax copy is acceptable;
    5. written permission issued by the authorities of the USA that states that the ashes are allowed to be taken out of a particular state, known as Transit Burial Permit (where applicable); In Illinois permits for disposition are issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Vital Records.
    6. affidavit issued by the funeral home director stating that the ashes have been placed in the hermetically sealed urn and that the urn contains only cremated remains of  the deceased person.

     

    In order to obtain permit for transportation of human remains the applicant must submit the following documents:

     

    1. a petition for the consular certificate concerning transportation of human remains to Poland (it has to be filled in by the family member of the deceased or another person who is in charge of transportation of the remains/ashes to Poland); to obtain a copy of the petition click here;
    2. a death certificate (one copy) with an "Apostille" issued by the Office of the Secretary of State;
    3. written permission for shipment and burial of human remains issued by the appropriate County Executive (Starosta Powiatowy) or Town/City President in Poland - a fax copy is acceptable;
    4. written permission issued by the authorities of the USA that states that the remains are allowed to be taken out of a particular state, known as Transit Burial Permit (where applicable); In Illinois permits for disposition are issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Vital Records.
    5. certificate from local health authorities stating that there was no communicable disease at the area at the time of the death, and that the cause of death of the deceased to be shipped to Poland was not a communicable disease;
    6. an official document from the funeral director verifying that the body was fully prepared for transportation in accordance with local regulations.
    7. affidavit issued by the funeral home director stating that the body has been placed in the hermetically sealed metal casket (casket sealer) and that the casket contains the body of the deceased person only.
    8. The consular fee for issuing a permit for transportation of human remains/ashes is 58 $ paid in cash or by money order.

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