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What is repatriation? 

Everything you need to know about how to repatriate someone who has died in Tenerife

It’s probably the last thing you want to
think about when you’re enjoying your new life in the sun – but if you’re a
British expat living in Tenerife, you need to think about what would happen if
you or someone close to you passed away.

Would your loved ones know how to arrange a
funeral in Tenerife? And if you want to be laid to rest in the UK, would they
know where to start with repatriation?

Repatriation is the process of moving
someone who has died from one country to another for their funeral. It’s common
for expats who want their final resting place to be in their country of birth,
rather than the country they’ve moved to.

Repatriation from Tenerife to the UK can be
complicated and expensive, so it’s important that you and your family know all
the facts. That means that when the time comes, they’ll be more prepared for
what’s involved.

What’s
involved in repatriation?

The first step, before you can repatriate
someone to the UK, is to register their death with the local authorities in Tenerife.
You’ll be issued with a local death certificate, which you’ll need to have in
English as a certified translation.

You’ll need to find a local Funeral
Director in Tenerife. They’ll take the person who has died into their care and
keep them in the mortuary until everything is ready for transportation.

However, be aware that traditionally,
funerals in Tenerife often happen within 48 hours. Any extra delay will mean
extra mortuary fees paid by the day. Make sure to check with the Funeral
Director if you’re going to need extra time.

To begin the repatriation process, you’ll
also need to choose a Funeral Director back in the UK. Be aware that not all
Funeral Directors provide repatriation, so you may need to look for a
specialist with experience repatriating British expats.

The Funeral Director in Tenerife will help
you with paperwork, booking flights, and sourcing a regulation coffin. The
British Funeral Director will be there to receive the coffin when the flight
lands and to arrange the burial or cremation.

How
much does repatriation cost?

The cost of repatriation can vary depending
on the cost of flights, where you’re flying to and from, and the type of
funeral you have once the person is repatriated. Individual Funeral Directors
also often have different fees, so it can pay to shop around.

Bear in mind that in the UK the average cost of a
cremation
£3,311 – and you will need to pay for flights, an extra Funeral
Director and a special regulation coffin on top of that.

Can
I repatriate cremation ashes?

A more affordable and less complicated
option is to have a local cremation in Tenerife, then have your ashes
repatriated to the UK. This means you won’t have to pay for a separate flight,
regulation coffin or a second Funeral Director.

Many airlines will now let you bring an urn
containing ashes onto a flight. If you choose to do this, make sure you check
your airline’s guidelines. Some will let you put them in your carry-on bags,
but for others you may have to check the ashes in with your hold luggage. As an
extra precaution, it’s always a good idea to carry copies of the death
certificate and cremation certificate.

Once back in the UK, you could always hold
an extra memorial service to remember the person who has died. You can scatter
the ashes, keep them in an urn at home, or inter them in a burial plot in a
cemetery.

Can
I make plans in advance for my own repatriation?

If you want to make things less complicated
for your family, a prepaid funeral plan lets you arrange and pay for your
funeral in advance.

Avalon Funeral Plans offers plans specially
designed for expats living in Tenerife. You can choose between a local burial
or cremation, or full repatriation to mainland Great Britain. When the time
comes, all your loved ones have to do is call the 24/7 bereavement help line
and Avalon will set everything in motion.

You can pay in Euros or Sterling, in one
lump sum or affordable monthly payments. There are no health questions – just
choose the type of funeral you want and Avalon will help make everything simple
for your loved ones.

Avalon is the UK’s most trusted funeral
plan provider, with a five-star rating on Trustpilot. Find out more about
Avalon’s expat
funeral plans online
or call us now on +34 966 799 070.