What should I do?
If your Australian family member or friend has died overseas, please contact the person's insurance company. Insurance companies will generally provide advice on, and take care of, most of the arrangements and costs associated with a local funeral or the return of the deceased to Australia. Travel insurance companies often have 24-hour assistance centres.
You can also contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 or 02 6261 3305. Please note that the Australian Government cannot pay for the return of the person's remains to Australia.
The page death overseas explains what to expect, and the role of the Australian embassy, high commission or consulate when an Australian dies overseas.