You must have a death certificate and a laissez-passer (body passport) or similar declaration to be able to transport mortal remains from the Netherlands to abroad and vice versa. The death certificate is issued by the municipality where the deceased person has passed away. Then a municipality in the Netherlands is able to issue an authorisation for burial or cremation. Mortal remains must be transported in an airtight zinc lined coffin or casket.
For the transport of mortal remains between countries that have endorsed the Strasbourg Convention on this topic, you only need a laissez-passer. When transporting mortal remains from or to a country that has not endorsed this Convention, you must also have a certificate from the competent authorities that specifies the name of the deceased and the place to which they are being conveyed. Different rules apply to Belgium and Luxemburg. Contact your municipality for more information.
Registration number and inspection hearse
Funeral transport in the Netherlands, takes place in a hearse. For the use of a hearse (vehicle category M and body type SD), you require a special registration number, issued by the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW). Before you can use a hearse, it must be inspected by RDW (in Dutch).