Transportation of a dead body to another country (laissez-passer for a corpse) - application

German version

General information

Dead bodies may only be transported by authorised funeral parlours. The application for a laissez-passer for a corpse must be made by an authorised funeral parlour.






The laissez-passer for a corpse is issued by the competent district health office of the Public Health Services of the City of Vienna (MA 15) The competent district health office is determined by the location of the body (place of departure).

Public hours: Monday to Friday 8 am to 12 noon

Office hours: Monday to Friday 7.30 am to 3.30 pm
Exceptions: Closed on public holidays; opening hours on Good Friday, 24 and 31 December from 7.30 am to 12 noon

Outside of office hours of the district health offices and in urgent cases, please contact:
Public Health Services of the City of Vienna (MA 15) (German)
1110 Vienna, Rappachgasse 40
Phone: +43 1 4000-87880 or -87890

Monday to Thursday 3.30 pm to 7.30 am, on weekends Friday 3.30 pm to Monday 7.30 am, on public holidays 24 hour service

Documents required

  • Copy of the attestation of death
  • Application in writing to the district health office by the funeral parlour containing the following information:
    • First and last name of the deceased
    • Age of the deceased
    • Place, date and cause of death
    • Place of departure
    • Destination
    • Type of coffin
    • Means of transport
  • Documentation proving the authorisation of the funeral parlour, e.g., extract from the business register (to be provided on request of the district health office)


The fees are due after the procedure has been concluded and amount to: Laissez-passer for a corpse: EUR 106.62

Billing and payment (German)
For any questions regarding payment, please contact: Municipal Department 6 - Accounting Department 40 (German).


Online application: Transportation of a dead body to another country (German)

Further information

The district health office is authorised to inspect the coffin and ensure it is properly sealed. To facilitate this, the hearse must be driven to the district health office, where a medical officer will inspect the coffin.

  • Some countries require an apostille or diplomatic certification to accompany the laissez-passer: List of these countries (German)
  • If an apostille (German) is required, you can get it at
    Chief Executive Office - Geschäftsbereich Recht
    1010 Vienna, City Hall, City Information Centre, Stiege 7, Ground Floor (Entrance Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 1)
    Monday to Friday 8 am to 12.30 pm
  • If super legalisation (diplomatic certification) (German) is required,
    the laissez-passer must first be certified at
    MA 15, Division for Medical Crisis Management
    Thomas-Klestil-Platz 8/1, 1030 Vienna, 2nd floor, room 222
    Monday to Friday 8 am to 3.30 pm and then once more at the Chief Executive Office - Geschäftsbereich Recht. It must additionally be certified by the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Some countries require an apostille for Austrian documents even though Austria does not require an apostille for documents issued in those countries.
  • There are costs associated with the issuing of the apostille and diplomatic certification.

Homepage: Public Health Services of the City of Vienna (MA 15) (German)

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