of Human Remains
Prior consent is required for
shipment into Fiji of human remains. Consent will
be obtained through the process below from the Doctor
in Charge of health and quarantine services at the
Nadi International Airport (telephone (679)-672
2362: fax 679 670 0563).
Process to get approval
The Shipper or Funeral Director will have to liaise
directly with the airline from point of origin (i.e.
local airline). The above will request the Airline
for space and further provide information on the
cause of death; age and all necessary certificates
regarding the human remain.
The airline will then liaise directly with the International
carrier in this case Air Pacific or Air New Zealand
in Los Angeles. The International carrier will subsequently
liaise with their counterpart in Fiji or the Air
Terminal Services (handling agent) to get an authority
for the human remain to be transported into Fiji.
The carriers will advise Air Terminal Services the
cause of death, age including the incoming flight
details of the deceased and also phone contact of
Air Terminal Services will then advise the Health
Authority in Fiji on all information pertaining
the deceased. The Health Authority (which is the
Doctor on Duty at Nadi International Airport) will
in turn approve permit or reject the above entering
the country. ATS will also contact the consignee
for the deceased to ensure the above is collected
on the day of arrival.
Requirements from the
The remains must be accompanied by a certified
copy of the death certificate and a statement
by the local health authority at the place of
death stating that the decedent did not die of a
contagious disease. There also must be a notarised
statement by the embalmer stipulating the embalming
process and a notarised statement by the local
health authority at the place of death that
the embalming was carried out in accordance with
standard US/EU procedures.
The embalmed remains must be placed within a hermetically
sealable container or casket, which in turn must
be placed within an outer box constructed entirely
If the remains arrive in an unsatisfactory state,
they will not be cleared through customs and health
inspections and entry into the country will be refused.
The casket remains will be returned to the point
of origin at the senders expense.