For persons who intend to import/export human
remains to and from Jamaica, please note that only registered Funeral Homes with a licensed Embalmer will be issued with Transit Permit to import or Export Human Remains.
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The human remains shall be subject to the
washing with an effective disinfectant of all orifices; packing of all orifices
with cotton saturated with an effective disinfectant; wrapping in a sheet saturated
with an effective disinfectant; and placing in an impervious coffin.
embalming (arterial and cavity) and encasement in a plastic container which has
been sealed by heat or by adhesive materials prior to placement in a
non-impervious coffin. If cause of death was from a quarantinable disease then
it should be placed in a impervious coffin.
impervious coffin must then be hermetically sealed.
A Clearance Permit is required to bring
cremains into Jamaica. The Clearance
Permit may be obtained prior to or post arrival of the cremains in the island.
The Cremation and Death Certificates must
be sent to the Kingston and St. Andrew Health Department and the permit
requested. The contact information for
the Kingston and St. Andrew Health Department is listed below:
5 Marescaux Road
Telephone: (876) 926 4437/1550-2, 906
The cremains must be declared to Customs
at the airport where they will be inspected and detained by the Customs Division
and a Confiscation/ Detention Certificate issued. This certificate along with the Death and
Cremation certificates must be taken to the relevant Public Health Department
office, as direct by Customs, where a minimal fee will be charged and a permit
issued for clearance. The clearance permit must then be taken back to customs
to clear the remains.
There is no restriction as to how the
cremains are disposed of in Jamaica.