The Sri Lanka High Commission will register the death of  Sri Lankan nationals and issue Death Certificates provided following conditions are satisfied:

The deceased should have been a citizen of Sri Lanka.

An application for the registration of death should be made by a close relative/ friend of the deceased who was present at the time of death, in attendance during the last illness of the deceased or who took action to dispose of the body of the deceased by burial, cremation or by other means.

Application for Registration of Death within 3 months from the date of death.

Application for Registration of Death after 3 months from the date of death

Other Required Documents (the original documents should be submitted with two photocopies)
  1. The Death Certificate issued by the Competent Authority of the place where the death occurred.
  2. The Post-mortem Certificate issued by the Competent Authority of the place where the death occurred.
  3. Passport of the deceased valid at the time of death.
  4. Original Birth Certificates of the deceased
  5. If human remains have been repatriated to Sri Lanka for burial/cremation, the original Airway Bill (Air Cargo Bill).  If the human remains have been buried/cremated in the host country, a report issued by the relevant host country authorities.
  6. The original passport of the person who submitted the documents for registration of the death
Important Notice

All applications made after one year will be forwarded to the Registrar General’s Department, Central Record Room, Maligawatta, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka, Tel: 00-94- 11 23 29 773, Fax: 00-94 -11 24 33 075 for approval. In such cases, the death certificate will be issued only after approval is received from the Registrar General’s Department.

Sending Human Remains to Sri Lanka

No Human remains will be accepted by the Sri Lankan authorities unless the human remains are;

  1. Embalmed and enclosed in a coffin of hardwood with a lead of zinc lining; or
  2. Packed in a coffin of hardwood with hermetically sealed lead or zinc lining with suitable disinfectants (such as chloride or line or zinc sulphate mixed with sawdust, filling the empty spaces within the coffin.

Documents Required

  1. Certificate from the health authority where the death occurred stating that the corpse has been embalmed or packed as specified.
  2. A certified copy of the certificate of registration of death issued by the host country registering authority of the place where the death occurred, stating the date and cause of death.
  3. A certificate from the relevant host country Authority of the place where the death occurred stating that the removal of the corpse from the place of death has been sanctioned by the said authorities. (Burial/Transit Permit)
  4. A no objection certificate from the High Commission for the repatriation of the human remains
  5. A certificate from the local health authority stating that the deceased did not die of questionable
  6. Passport of the deceased
  7. Coroner’s certificate (if death was not due to natural reasons)
  8. Police Report (if death was not due to natural reasons)
Sending  Human Ashes to Sri Lanka
  1. Permission of the Controller General of the Department of Immigration & Emigration should be obtained *
  2. Such permission shall be granted only if the ashes are sealed in a metal container which is air-tight and water-tight.

* In order to obtain the Permission from the Controller General of the Department of Immigration and Emigration, following documents should be submitted to the Sri Lanka High Commission  OR directly to the Consular Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo by the Next of Kin:

  1. Sri Lanka Birth Certificate / Citizenship Certificate
  2. Death Certificate
  3. Statement of Death
  4. Certificate of the Death Cremation
  5. Passport of  the deceased
  6. Itinerary of the flight carrying ashes to Sri Lanka (Cargo Details)
  7. Request letter from NOK
  8. Passport copy of the NOK

Following charges will be levied

  1. Registration of Death and Issuance of the Death certificate:  US$13/-
  2. Additional Copy of the Death certificate:                                     US$13/-

 Note:

  1. Submission of forged documents and making false declarations relating to citizenship is a punishable offence. Fees will not be refunded in these circumstances
  2. Incomplete applications will be rejected.