Repatriation Services from South Africa to India

Connecting destinations back to the homeland, with our Repatriation services.

Repatriating a loved one who has passed away in South Africa back home to India can be very challenging. Many legal and logistical requirements need to be fulfilled. Our company provides compassionate and affordable repatriation services to assist families in this difficult process.

Our Repatriation Process & Services


  • We will collect all required documents such as a death certificate, passport, etc. 
  • We will handle all the paperwork and liaise with the relevant authorities.
  • We will arrange a suitable coffin and prepare the deceased for repatriation.


  • We will book a flight to transport the deceased from South Africa to India.
  • The remains can be transported as cargo or accompanied. 
  • The transfer from the airport to the funeral home is arranged.


  • Our team provides 24/7 support and guidance to the family.
  • We assist with procedures once in India like customs clearance.
  • Our wide network ensures a seamless repatriation process.
With around one year of experience, we have the know-how to expedite repatriation and offer complete service with regard, decency, and compassion. Our methodical approach relieves families of their burden during a very trying period.

Documentation & Formalities

When repatriating human remains, the consulate of India can provide guidance on necessary documents like the death certificate, mortuary certificate, no-objection certificate from the health department, etc. The coffin must be zinc-lined and sealed properly. Most airlines require the coffin to be transported as cargo rather than as accompanied baggage. Customs clearance will be required once the remains reach India. Local funeral directors can assist families with funeral arrangements.

Why Choose Believ for Repatriation?

  • Experienced – We have over 1 year of experience in repatriation services.
  • Efficient– Our efficient process ensures quick turnaround time. 
  • Affordable – Our prices are very competitive without compromising on service.
  • Compassionate– We understand this is a difficult time and provide full support.

Choosing our repatriation services provides families assurance and peace of mind during an enormously stressful time. Our experienced team handles all aspects – from paperwork, to transport, to liaising with local authorities. 

We provide constant communication and transparency throughout the process. Our global network ensures we have trusted partners in South Africa and India to facilitate smooth repatriation. 

Over the past 1 year, we have helped multiple families conduct respectful final rites for loved ones. Repatriation is complex but with our expertise, the process is streamlined and dignified.

Cremation and Burial Services in India

When repatriation of remains to India, we can assist families with cremation or burial services. India has diverse religious and cultural traditions around final rites. Hindus prefer cremation, with ashes immersed in sacred rivers. 

Muslims practice burial as per Islamic customs. Christians follow casket burials. We have trusted partners across India to arrange respected funeral services in alignment with family wishes. Our local contacts ensure the repatriated remains clear customs and are safely transported for last rites. 

We understand the importance of a proper final goodbye. Our team handles logistics allowing families to focus on healing and closure. With care and compassion, we facilitate dignified cremation or burial in India.   

Contact us today to begin making arrangements to bring your loved one home to India. Our team is here to give you backbone support during this situation.


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What does Repatriation mean?

Repatriation is the process of transporting a deceased individual from one country to another, where the family members of the deceased person are residing. Some people from India, who die abroad would have expressed a desire to be buried or cremated in India. This will be taken care of and adequate services are provided by Beleiv.

Can anyone arrange Air transportation for the dead body personally?

No. Airlines authorities will not approve. Only certified Funeral Service providers like Beleiv or a specialized transport company can arrange for domestic or International dead-body Transportation Services.

Is it necessary to contact two shipping companies, while transporting dead bodies between two countries?

Not every time. At Beleiv, our funeral directors will be contacting their partners or shipping authorities in both countries for easy and hassle-free transportation of dead bodies.

What is the duration taken to repatriate a body?

The time taken to repatriate the body varies and depends on the distance of the place the individual died. Although it normally takes between 5 to 7 days, if the deceased died of natural causes. If there is a delay due to post-mortem procedures, it may take 10 to 15 days as the case may be.

What documents are necessary for repatriation to India?

Repatriation of a loved one’s body to India will need the following documentation:

  • Death Registration Form (for Indian nationals only).
  • Original death certificate as well as a copy.
  • Permit for Burial or Cremation.
  • A letter or certificate of “Non-Communicable Disease” from the Public Health Office.
  • Out-of-province coroner’s certificate, Embalming certificate, consignee’s details such as., name, address, phone number, etc.
  • Flight Information

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