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Death of a U.S. Citizen
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December 12, 2023

To Report a U.S. Citizen’s Death in Norway

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

When we hear of the death of a U.S. citizen, we will endeavor to reach the deceased’s next-of-kin as quickly as possible. We make it a priority to provide the next-of-kin with all available details surrounding their loved one’s death. Please understand that when a death occurs over a weekend or holiday, most Norwegian offices, including certain police authorities, are closed. Therefore, in some cases, it might take until the next business day for us to provide the next-of-kin with additional information.

To report a death to us, please send an email to OsloACS@state.gov.  Please include, if possible, the following information:

  • The deceased person’s name,
  • Their date and place of birth,
  • Their U.S. passport number,
  • Their last known residence,
  • The date, place, and circumstances of death,
  • Full name and contact information of the next-of-kin and/or any relatives (if known),
  • Whether you and/or any family members have been in contact with Norwegian police authorities.

 

Overview of U.S. Embassy Assistance

The U.S. embassy or consulate American Citizens Services (ACS) unit can assist family and friends in the event of the death of a U.S. citizen in Norway.  When a U.S. citizen dies in Norway, ACS

  • Confirms the death, identity, and U.S. citizenship of the deceased.
  • Attempts to locate and notify the next-of-kin.
  • Coordinates with local funeral home contracted by next-of-kin or legal representative.  See our Local Resources page to search for a funeral home in Norway.
  • Coordinates with the legal representative regarding the disposition of the remains and the personal effects of the deceased.
  • Issues a Consular Mortuary Certificate in accordance with instructions from next-of-kin or legal representative to ensure orderly shipment of remains and facilitate U.S. Customs clearance. The certificate is in English and confirms essential information concerning the cause of death.
  • Issues a Consular Report of Death of an U.S. Citizen Abroad (CRODA) to the next-of-kin or legal representative for use in settling estate matters in the United States (see below).

The Department of State has no funds to assist in the return of remains or ashes of U.S. citizens who die abroad. The family or legal representative must pay all funeral home charges, shipping costs for the remains and personal effects (if applicable) and carry out funeral arrangements with assistance from the contracted funeral home.

 

Consular Report of Death of a U.S. Citizen Abroad

Upon issuance of a Norwegian death certificate, the U.S. Embassy may prepare a Consular Report of the Death of a U.S. Citizen Abroad. Copies of that report are provided to the next-of-kin or legal representative and may be used in U.S. courts to settle estate matters. To prepare this document, consular staff will need original evidence of U.S. citizenship and identity of the decedent and the original Norwegian death certificate.

Additional copies can be obtained by contacting the Department of State Passport Vital Records Section.  For more information go to: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/records-and-authentications/requesting-a-vital-record-as-a-u-s–citizen.html 

 

Electronic Consular Report of Death of a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National Abroad

As of December 15, 2023, U.S. Embassy Oslo may issue form DS-2060, U.S. Department of StateReport of Death of a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Non-Citizen National Abroad(CRODA), electronically. The electronic CRODA contains the digital signature of the consular officer who signed the form with a time and date stamp when it was signed on the form’s Signature on all copies line, the typed name and title of that consular officer, and the U.S. Embassy Oslo digital seal to the left of the digital signature.

U.S. Embassy Oslo also issues form DS-2060-P, U.S. Department of StateReport of Presumptive Death of a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Non-Citizen National Abroad, electronically.

U.S. Embassy Oslo is authorized to issue form DS-2060 and DS-2060-P.

 

Return of Remains of Deceased U.S. Citizens

The U.S. embassy or consulate can assist families in making arrangements with local authorities for preparation and disposition of the remains.

U.S. and foreign law require documentation that permits human remains to be sent from one country to another.  This documentation may include:

  • Consular mortuary certificate
  • Affidavit of local funeral director
  • Transit permit from local police.
  • Statement from Norwegian authorities stating that the person did not die of a quarantinable or communicable disease. document stating that the deceased.

Please see CDC’s guidance for additional information.

 

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