Where did the death occur?
Different procedures may apply depending on where and how a person passes away. Below information is sourced from the following government websites NEA and MFA to assist you on how to follow up
When death occurs at hospital or home
1. Obtain Certificate of Cause of Death (CCOD)
If the death occurred in hospital
1. The attending doctor is responsible for filling in the certificate of cause of death (CCOD).
2. Obtain the completed CCOD certificate from the ward nurse by producing the deceased’s NRIC.
If the death occurred at home
1. Call the family doctor or any neighborhood doctor for a house call to certify the cause of death.To find a GP or Family Clinic near you click on Singhealth.
2. The doctor will issue the CCOD certificate on the spot if he is able to identify the cause of death.
Unnatural deaths and autopsy
If the cause of death cannot be determined, the doctor will refer the deceased to the police.
If the death occurred in hospital, it will also be referred to the police if death was directly or indirectly caused by unnatural events, such as surgical complications or a fall before admission.
In both situations, the body will be sent to Mortuary@HSA (located at Block 9 of Singapore General Hospital) in a police hearse. The next of kin needs to go to the mortuary to identify the deceased’s body.
Mortuary @ HSA
Applied Sciences Group
Health Sciences Authority
Level 1, Blk 9, SGH,
Outram Rd Singapore 169608
Mortuary @HSA Operating Hours
Monday to Friday – 8:00am to 4:30pm
Sat, Sun and Public Holidays – 8:00am to 12:30pm
What to Bring to Mortuary@HSA:
All medical documents relating to the deceased
All medicine consumed by the deceased
Identification papers of the deceased
Informant e.g. NRIC/Passport/Certificate of Registration of Birth/ FIN card
When death occurs at overseas
1. Inform MFA or the nearest Singapore Mission
If you find out about the overseas death of a relative or friend who is a Singapore citizen or permanent resident, you should immediately contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) or the nearest Singapore mission.
MFA will help you do the following:
Contact the next of kin
Advise you on how to register the death in the foreign country
Provide you with a list of local undertakers
Advise you on the cost of a local burial/cremation, and the cost of shipping the remains and personal property back to Singapore
Help transfer money from family members and relatives in Singapore to pay for any costs
Click on MFA to obtain more information on Consular Services
2. Return the body to Singapore
a. Engage a Funeral Director for assistance
If you wish to bring the body back to Singapore for cremation or burial, you should engage a funeral director for assistance.
b. Apply a coffin (import) permit
If you wish to make the arrangements yourself, apply for a coffin (import) permit and a permit to cremate or bury from one of these offices:
Port Health Office:
Airport Health Office:
Permit fee is $10
You will need these documents:
The death certificate issued in the country of death (non-English documents must be accompanied by an English translation);
A cause of death certificate or a statutory declaration;
A sealing certificate for the coffin;
An embalming certificate (if applicable);
A coffin export permit from the country exporting the body; and
An air waybill or air consignment note (if importing by air).
Note: If the deceased is known to have suffered from HIV, you need to get written approval from the National Environment Agency’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department before you import the body
3. Register the overseas death with ICA
In person at ICA
The death will also have to be reported to Singapore’s Registry of Births & Deaths, Citizen Centre, 3rd Storey, ICA Building personally by the next-of-kin of the deceased. If the next-of-kin is unable to report the death personally at ICA Building, a letter of authorization will be required.
The Registry of Births and Death:
+65 6391 6100
1. Death Certificate issued by the foreign authorities (copy of English translation is required if the death certificate is in ethnic languages)
2. Coffin (Import/Export) permit
3. Permit to Bury/Cremate
4. Deceased’s Singapore identity card, passport, Citizenship Certificate (if any), and
5. Informant’s identification documents