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Death Overseas

Death in Ecuador

For detailed information about burial and funeral costs in Ecuador or the cost of repatriating a loved one's remains to the United States, please read our Disposition of Remains Report. This document also outlines local laws and facilities that impact these cases.

The death of a loved one overseas can greatly complicate an already emotionally difficult situation. Consular officers can:

  • Help identify, locate, and notify next-of-kin
  • Issue Consular Reports of Death Abroad, based on the local death certificate
  • Take possession of the personal effects of a deceased U.S. citizen
  • Provide guidance on local burials or the return of remains to the United States
  • Issue consular mortuary certificates and transit permits and take oaths from foreign funeral directors

It is important to remember that the U.S. Government is not able to assist financially with local burials or the repatriation of remains of U.S. citizens.

If you have lost a loved one in Ecuador, you will be asked to make decisions quickly, as mortuary services such as cold storage and creamtoria are limited to the major cities (Quito, Guayaquil, and Cuenca). Furthermore, sending a loved one's remains back to the United States can be very costly in the event of an unexpected death. The consular officer will be sympathetic to your grieving, but clear in explaining what decisions need to be made and when. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the ACS Unit.