Death of a U.S. Citizen

Death of a U.S. Citizen in Bangladesh

Death is a time of crisis for one’s family and friends, no matter where it takes place.  If death occurs overseas the experience can be even more traumatic, especially if the procedures involved are not clearly understood.

U.S. Embassy Dhaka prepares a Report of Disposition of Remains that has information on mortuary establishments, embalming facilities, burial information, cremation requirements, shipment processes, etc.

Reporting the death of a U.S. Citizen

Any death of a U.S. citizen should be reported immediately to the Embassy; if you are calling during business hours (Sunday through Thursday, 0800 – 1630) please contact the American Citizen Services Unit at: (880) (2) 5566-2000.

If you need assistance after office-hours emergency, when you hear the recorded message please press “3”, and you will be connected to the duty officer.

When reporting a death to us, if possible, please tell us the deceased person’s name, date and place of birth, passport number, date and place of death, cause of death, and the location of the remains.  We also need the full name and phone number of the next of kin if available.

Consular Report of Death Abroad (CRDA)

The U.S. Embassy can provide a Consular Report of Death Abroad (CRDA) to the next of kin upon request.  The CRDA is a document issued by an U.S. embassy reflecting the facts of a death abroad of a U.S. citizen.  The document is based upon the local death certificate. Generally, the next of kin will be required to provide evidence of the U.S. citizenship of the deceased, e.g., a passport or birth certificate, and a registered death certificate from the city corporation or appropriate authority.  The certificate must state the cause of death.  The Embassy can issue several copies of the Consular Report of Death Abroad.  There is no charge for this service.

A Consular Report of Death Abroad is required in order to repatriate the remains.  It may also be required in connection with settling an estate in the United States, in completing Social Security Administration formalities, and in dealing with offices such as attorneys and insurance companies, who may not recognize a Bangladeshi death certificate as an official document.