Death of a U.S. Citizen

For those that have lost a friend or loved one in Burkina Faso, the Embassy can assist in making arrangements for the deceased. We can act as liaison in arranging the disposition of remains and help with forwarding personal effects.  The family or legal representative must pay all funeral home charges, shipping costs for the remains and personal effects (if applicable). We will work with the funeral home to ensure proper documentation for shipment of remains to the United States, or to arrange local burial.

General Remarks

We now have two known reliable mortuaries:

BURKISEP
01 BP 3780
Ouagadougou 01, Burkina Faso
Tel: 25-31-43-48 – Cell: 70-23-97-72

Pompes Funèbre Générales de Ouagadougou
Villa 193, Cite An II, 11 BP 1696
Ouagadougou CMS 11
Phone: (226) 25-38-23-00
Fax: (226) 25-38-24-01
Contact: Celine Bamouni

All arrangements, including repatriation of remains, must be cleared through one of the Funeral Homes.  Bodies of persons who die outside of Ouagadougou must be brought into the capital and stored in the morgue at Yalgado Ouedraogo Hospital or at the Blaise Compaore Hospital.  The cost is approximately $20 per day.

Maximum Period Before Internment

Burkina law does not place a limit of time for burial as long as the body has been embalmed.

Embalming

The body must be embalmed within 72 hours after death.  An average estimated cost for embalming and preparation of the body is approximately $535.

Cremation

Cremation is forbidden by law in Burkina Faso.

Caskets and Containers

Locally manufactured caskets and shipping containers, which meet international regulations for transportation by air, are available from the funeral homes.

  • Wood Casket: Prices range from $200 to $1500.
  • Zinc Lined Casket with 1 Filter: $1800
  • Shipping Container: $85 to $220

Repatriation of Remains

If local burial is not desired, remains can be shipped to the United States. It is estimated that it will take a maximum of 5 working days following full payment of all fees to complete the necessary paperwork.

The cost of shipping a casket and container are estimated as follows:

  • Transportation to Ouagadougou from another location in Burkina Faso or from Ouagadougou to another location in Burkina Faso: $3.00 per kilometer.
  • Air Transportation from Ouagadougou to New York (based on a 500 pounds average weight): $4000.

The following documents will be submitted to the funeral home for the shipment of remains:

  1. A death certificate (issued by a doctor or nurse).
  2. A noninfectious certificate (issued by a doctor).
  3. The passport or identity card of the deceased.
  4. An authorization to transfer the body: Application is made through the Ministry of Territorial Administration.  This document can be obtained within 24 hours.
  5. An authorization letter from the local police, stating that coffin was sealed in front of them (P.V. de mise en bière).
  6. The air bill number (document showing proof of payment of transportation fees as well as the final destination).
  7. The Consular Mortuary Certificate.
  8. An affidavit by local funeral home director issued by a Consular Officer which details the actions taken by the funeral home to prepare the body for exportation.

Note: All documents issued locally in French must be translated into English. Both the original documents in French and the English translation will be included in a package affixed to the outside of the casket.  A second copy will be provided to the airline.