Repatriation of Ashes to the Philippines

REQUIREMENTS FOR PHILIPPINE CUSTOMS CLEARANCE:

  1. If the cremated ashes belong to a Filipino national who resided in Japan, please apply for Report of Death.
    Please click here for the requirements for (Report of Death)
  2. If the cremated ashes belong to a Japanese national:
      1. Original Family Registry issued by the City Hall or Ward Office, duly apostillized by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Gaimusho);
      2. Original Cremation Certificate (Kaso-shomeisho) or Cremation Permit (Kaso-kyokasho) or Separation of Cremated Remains (Bunkotsu-Shomeisho) issued by the City Hall or Ward Office, duly apostillized by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Gaimusho); and
      3. Passport of the Deceased Person. If the passport is not available, Driver’s License or My Number Card with English translation.

Note:

  • All Japanese documents should be translated into English and notarized with Apositile.
  • Effective 14 May 2019, the apostillized Report of Death (Shibo-todoke) and Cremation Certificate (Kaso-shomeisho) or Cremation Permit (Kaso-kyokasho) or Separation of Cremated Remains (Bunkotsu-Shomeisho) are no longer required to be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy. After above documents are apolitilized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, you may bring the documents together with cremated remains to the Philippines.