The Act on Protecting the Population from Infectious Diseases (Official Gazette 79/07) and the Act on the Amendments to the Act on Protecting the Population from Infectious Diseases (Official Gazette 43/09) stipulate the manner of transporting the deceased person from abroad to Croatia.
In case death occurs abroad, the person that wishes to transport the deceased (or their exhumed remains) to Croatia for burial must submit a request to the Croatian diplomatic mission/consular post abroad.
In addition to the laissez-passer form that the relatives of the deceased, or the funeral home that is organizing the transport, must complete at the diplomatic mission/consular post, the following should also be enclosed with the request:
In case the deceased was an alien citizen, a confirmation (written proof) by the cemetery (or parish) is required, stating the place of burial.
The transport of urns containing the ashes of the deceased does not require a laissez-passer, only a confirmation by the crematorium (that has to be shown to police officials when entering Croatia).
Transit of the deceased through Croatia does not require a laissez-passer.
Consular fee for the laissez-passer is 33 EUR.
In order for the diplomatic missions/consular posts to enter the person as deceased into the domicile/residence records kept by the Ministry of the Interior, authenticated death certificate has to be submitted when requesting a laissez-passer.
Death certificate also has to be submitted when a deceased Croatian national is not being transported to Croatia, but is being buried abroad, regardless of their domicile and place of birth. In these cases, the legally relevant fact is that the death of a Croatian national has been established and it must be entered into the official Croatian records.