Death of U.S. citizen
When an United States citizen passes away overseas:
Providing assistance to the family of a deceased U.S. Citizen is one of the primary functions of the Consulate General in Amsterdam.
In the event of the death of an United States citizen in the Netherlands, please contact this office immediately:
U.S. Citizen Services
U.S. Consulate General
1071 DJ Amsterdam
Fax: (31)(0)20-575 5330
The following will be required for the completion of a Report of Death of an United States citizen Abroad:
Date and place of birth (required);
Evidence of U.S citizenship (required). If a passport or naturalization certificate is available this will fulfill the requirements for 1., 2. and 3.;
Local death certificate Overlijdensakte, (Dutch and/or international version); obtainable from the City Hall/Gemeentehuis (required);
Specific location where death occurred, street address, and name of institution if applicable (required);
Date of burial or cremation, place and name of cemetary or crematorium (required);
U.S. Social Security Number;
Address in the United States and The Netherlands;
Name, address and phone number of the deceased's next of kin;
Name, address and phone number of the administrator of the estate;
The following form can be used to provide the foregoing information:
The Consular Report of Death of an U.S. Citizen Abroad can be used to settle estate and other matters in the United States, and is a mandatory requirement of the Department of State.
For additional information please see
Ashes of deceased persons
You can legally import the ashes of a deceased person into the U.S., provided:
- The ashes are in a non-metallic urn;
- are accompanied by an International Death Certificate (Uittreksel uit de overlijdensakte, dienst burgerlijke stand), and;
- an International Cremation Certificate;
- The ashes are carried with your hand luggage.
The urn can be subject to inspection, and it is recommended to arrive early at the airport.
For more detailed information on this subject, please consult the guidance from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and that of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.