Can I travel with my loved one?
The staff of Integrity Funerals International realise that on most occasions it is the desire of the family to travel with their loved one. On every occasion we will seek to assist the family book on the same flight home as the person who has died.
We understand it is important for family to be together on the flight home so they have the comfort of each other’s support. This is not always easy at short notice. We offer you our every effort, using our contacts in the travel industry, towards achieving this.
What happens if someone dies overseas and needs to be returned to Australia?
Most families will receive a notification at their home by the local police. This initial call is often the first news of their loved one’s death. Often you are not sure where your loved one is or what has happened and there are many calls to advise immediate relatives and friends. This is often a very difficult time.
DFAT – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Travel Assistance and Insurance Companies.
Most travel insurances have an automatic coverage in the event of death abroad of the traveller. This coverage is generally underwritten by one of the five major insurance underwriters in the world e.g: Lloyds of London. These insurances generally have limits or a value attached to them in US dollars.
Along with travel insurance some credit card providers come with travel protection involved in the purchase of travel.
Overseas employment and in some cases international studies have insurance attached to them where the person required to work or study involves staying in foreign countries. In the event of a death aboard all of these avenues of insurance should be considered for coverage.
Most travel insurers will require verifying documents such as Coroner’s or police reports, in some cases, pre-existing medical conditions may nullify some insurance claims.
Once approved most insurance companies will provide payment guarantees. When provided, Integrity International will affect International Transfers with these written guarantees in place.