By Law in the DR (as paralleled in international law) any foreigner who dies here has to be autopsied, whether or not their remains are to be repatriated. There are exceptions, such as if the deceased passes away in the course of on-going treatment at a recognised medical institution (other than in ER) or where there are religious reasons not allowing autopsy, but only if that is supported/ demanded by a religious leader at national level.Should someone who is English that resides in the D.R die here - and they wished to be buried/cremated in the U.K, what are the options of transporting their body back to the U.K? How about if they don't have travel insurance?
In a recent case the costs, including collecting the body from the local branch of INACIF in the provinces, all funerary preparations (enbalming, supply of casket etc., ) local documentation and delivery to the airline at SDQ airport, were a little less than US$3,000 not including the air transport.without the travel insurance the costs will go into few thousands dollars, no doubt.
The cost is, like any airfreight item, according to weight and/or volume. The standard formula is x kilogrammes per per cubic metre. The tariff is based on what is known as chargeable weight -that means that even though your cargo may be quite light, its dimensions will dictate how much it pays.how much is a ticket for a coffin? is it a standard price? per weight? per airline?