Death & Dying in Cyprus

Find out what to do in the event of a death of a family member in Cyprus, who to contact and how to get the official death certificate...

In the event of a death at home of a family member, friend or relative in Cyprus, the first thing to do is to contact a doctor. The doctor will prepare a Medical Certificate of Death, either straight away at the home, or to be picked up from the doctor's practice.

If the death occurred in a hospital, then a Medical Certificate of Death will be given by the duty doctor at the hospital.

In case of violent or suspicious death or a suicide, the death is reported to the Coroner; the procedure is slightly different and there is a generally a post-mortem. A police officer is assigned to the case, who goes to the Registrar’s Office in the district where the death occurred. A Medical Certificate of Death is then issued to the next-of-kin and a form from the court allowing either burial or repatriation. It is generally necessary for the next-of-kin to sign a statement at the police station in cases where a coroner is involved.

The Medical Certificate of Death stipulates the cause of death and is not the official death certificate. However, it is possible to organise the funeral before registering the death and obtaining the official death certificate.

Registering the Death

The death must be registered at a District Administration office within one month after the death takes place.

Who can Register a Death in Cyprus?

The official registration of the death can be carried out by a relative, a person present at the time of death or by the funeral home responsible for burial or repatriation arrangements.

The person registering the death will need to sign the registration form and bring the following documents:

  • Medical certificate of death
  • Proof of ID (Alien book, passport, residency form)
  • Medical card if available

The following information about the deceased is required to register the death:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Place and date of death
  • Place and date of birth
  • Address
  • Occupation
  • Religion
  • Name and occupation of spouse if married

The death certificate is in Greek and English.

There is a small fee to be paid for the death certificate.

Burial and Cremation

Cremation is not possible in Cyprus as there are no cremation facilities, so repatriation abroad is necessary if the deceased had expressed the wish to be cremated. Burial of a foreigner is possible in Cyprus, and there are a number of British cemeteries, some of which are maintained by the British Cemeteries Committee. There is also a section of the cemetery of the Orthodox Church in Paphos, which has been set aside for the burial of British residents.

If the burial is to take place in Cyprus, the person in charge of the funeral arrangements should make contact with the funeral director of their choice as soon as possible following the death. Burial usually takes place within 24 to 48 hours after the death (if there is no post-mortem).

If the remains are to be repatriated, the next-of-kin should contact the Consulate or High Commission of their home country in Cyprus.

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