Issuance of mortuary passports

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Mortuary passports are issued by the the divisions for Supervision and Guidance. A mortuary passport is required if a dead body is to be transported to another country. 

Guidance for undertakers

When the divisions for Supervision and Guidance issue a mortuary passport, the following documents must be available. If you have any questions, please contact the Danish Patient Safety Authority's divisions for Supervision and Guidance in the region that will issue the mortuary passport.

1. Medical information from the death certificate

If the death certificate is electronic, the doctor must print the certificate and add:

  • whether the deceased suffered from an infectious disease
  • his or her stamp, date and signature.

The death certificate is placed in a closed envelope and handed over to the undertaker.

If the death certificate is issued on paper, the doctor must make a copy of page 2 and add:

  • whether the deceased suffered from an infectious disease
  • that the copy is an identical copy of the original certificate
  • his or her stamp, date and signature.

The copy is placed in a closed envelope and handed over to the undertaker.

2. Death notice

Signed by the parish clerk. (Address or place of death).

3. Undertakers asking for permission to transport a dead body to another country, including the condition of the coffin

Signed by the undertaker.

4. Solder certificate for zinc coffins

Signed by the undertaker.

Especially for Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden: A zinc coffin is not necessary, unless required by the transporter. However, the coffin must be tight and solid.

5. Embalming certificate – if the dead body is to be transported by air

Signed by the undertaker.

Especially for Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden: In case of airfreight, embalming is not necessary, unless required by the transporter.

6. Especially for the Faroe Islands

The Danish Health Authority finds that the executive order on the handling of dead bodies, no. 152 of 1983, including the transport of dead bodies, also applies to the Faroe Islands.

7. A mortuary passport is not required for transport

A mortuary passport is not required for the transport of ashes to and from other countries.

A mortuary passport is not required for the transport of dead bodies within the boundaries of Denmark. The same applies to transport to the Faroe Islands and transport to and from Bornholm via Sweden. Read the Ministry of Health's press release of 21 March 2012: Mortuary passports no longer required (in Danish)

However, a mortuary passport is required for transport to Greenland.

Legislation

The Danish Epidemic Act, sections 24 and 29(2) (Danish Consolidation Act 814 of 27 August 2009 on infectious diseases) (in Danish)

Executive order no. 152 of 14 April 1983 on the handling of dead bodies (in Danish)

Circular no. 15480 of 26 September 1983 on the transport of dead bodies to and from other countries (in Danish)

Certificates and requests

Solder certificate (in Danish)

Request for transport of a dead body to another country (in Danish)

Embalming (in Danish)

Legalisation

On 1 January 2007, legalisation of medical certificates, mortuary passports etc. was handed over to The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Previously, the Danish Health Authority legalised the documents, and then The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

Read more at the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark under "Borgerservice / legalisering" (information is only available in Danish).