Transporting Dead Body from USA to India: A Comprehensive Guide

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The death of a family member or friend is a moment of profound sorrow, and when it occurs far from home, like in the USA, the complexity of returning the deceased to India can be an added strain. Transporting a dead body from the USA to India requires navigating through a series of logistical steps, and understanding these is crucial in ensuring a smooth process.

Engaging with a Reliable Shipper

The first step in transporting a dead body from the USA to India is to connect with a funeral home that is recognized as a "Reliable Shipper" by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Funeral homes must have this approval to transfer human remains by air. It's imperative to verify with the funeral home handling the services if they carry this approval. If not, the search for a funeral home that qualifies as a "Reliable Shipper" is necessary.

Handling the Body with Care

Typically, the transportation of bodies internationally is done using cargo planes. In most cases, a representative from a funeral home will be at the cargo terminal to receive the body. However, there is also the option to accompany the body on a passenger plane. For those wishing to escort the deceased, or perhaps even collect the body themselves upon arrival in India, this is a crucial consideration.

Preparation for the Journey

Certain states in the USA have regulations requiring embalming if the body is to cross state lines or if it will be transported by a common carrier. If there are religious objections to embalming, it's important to consult with religious leaders or elder family members to understand the options and opinions within the faith.

Timeframe for Transport

The transportation of a dead body from the USA to India by air generally takes between 1 to 2 days to reach the destination airport. Several factors can affect this timeline, including:

  • The promptness in the issuance of the death certificate.
  • Time taken for postmortem in cases of unnatural death.
  • The proximity and availability of embalming services.
  • Flight availability to the desired destination in India.

Essential Documentation

To ensure the process of transporting a dead body from the USA to India proceeds without hindrance, the following documents are essential:

  • Death certificate.
  • Authorization letter from the local police department.
  • Embalming certificate.
  • Coffin box certificate.
  • The deceased's photograph and an official identification document.
  • Contact details and address of the individual receiving the body in India.
  • No Objection Certificate (NOC).

All documents should be in English and you should have at least six photocopies of each.


Transporting a dead body from the USA to India is a task that requires sensitivity, attention to detail, and a thorough understanding of both countries' legal requirements. It is a process that can be overwhelming for the bereaved, who are already coping with loss.

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In these difficult moments, Noble Sparrows offers its expertise in transporting dead bodies from the USA to India. Our team is well-versed in the nuances of international transportation and can guide you through each step, ensuring all legalities are handled with precision and care. With Noble Sparrows, you can have peace of mind knowing that your loved one will be transported back to India with dignity and respect. Contact us for assistance and let us help you navigate this process during your time of need.

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