Death of a Liberian Citizen Overseas

The Consular Affairs Department will locate and inform the next-of-kin of any of the Liberian citizen’s death and provides information on how to make arrangements for local burial or return of the remains to the Republic of Liberia. The disposition of remains is subject to Liberian law, local laws of the country where the individual died, Liberian and foreign customs requirements, and the foreign country facilities, which are often vastly different from those in the Republic of Liberia.

The Consular Affairs Department assists the next-of-kin if any, to convey instructions to the appropriate offices within the foreign country, and provides information to the family on how to transfer the necessary private funds to cover the costs overseas. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has no funds to assist in the return of remains of Liberian citizens who die abroad. Upon issuance of a local death certificate, the nearest embassy or consulate may prepare a Consular Report of the Death of a Liberian Abroad. Copies of that report are provided to the next-of-kin if any or legal representative and may be used in Liberia relative to legal affairs.

A Liberian consular officer overseas has statutory responsibility for the personal estate of a Liberian citizen who dies abroad if the deceased has no legal representative or next-of-kin in the country where the death occurred, subject to local law.  In that situation the consular officer takes possession of personal effects, such as jewelry, personal documents and papers, and clothing.

The Consular prepares an inventory of the personal effects of the deceased and then carries out instructions from the legal representative or next-of-kin concerning the effects.