Guidance

Coping with death abroad

Information for relatives or friends of British nationals who die overseas. These FCO guides provide general information and country specific information.

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Contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

You can speak to someone by phone 24/7 any day of the year by contacting the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London on 0207 008 1500.

If you are not in the UK, you can find the contact details of the nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate.

The priority of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is to provide assistance to British nationals overseas who need the most help. The level and type of assistance they can offer is tailored to the individual circumstances of each case.

Disclaimer

This information is not meant to be definitive, nor is it to be taken as a substitute for independent legal advice. Neither Her Majesty’s Government, nor its staff, can take any responsibility for the accuracy of the information, nor accept liability for any loss, costs, damage or expense that you might suffer as a result of relying on the information. Some of the information may not be relevant to your circumstances. The language used is intended to be general and factual, and is not meant to cause offence.

Published 30 September 2011
Last updated 18 June 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added link to worldwide lists of English-speaking funeral directors

  2. UK organisations that can help section: Addition to listing of two UK charities which can offer specialist support and advice.

  3. Financial Assistance section: Update on Bereavement support payments and Funeral Support Payment in Scotland. Children's Funeral Fund section has been updated and renamed Funding for a Child's Funeral.

  4. Information on coping with death overseas has been updated, expanded and moved to one central place. This information has also been republished in HTML format, replacing leaflets to improve accessibility.

  5. Updated leaflet

  6. Updated Guide for bereaved families

  7. First published.