Death of A U.S. Citizen in East Indonesia


The Department of State helps the family and friends of U.S. citizens who die abroad. We attempt to locate and inform the next-of-kin of the U.S. citizen’s death, provide information on how to make arrangements for local burial or return of the remains to the United States. We also issue a Consular Report of Death Abroad, an official record of death.

In the unfortunate event that a U.S. citizen dies in Indonesia, we can help you to make arrangements for return of remains to the United States, or for burial, or cremation in Indonesia.  There are, however, no U.S. government funds available to cover any of the expenses involved.  The family or legal representative must pay all funeral home charges and shipping costs for the remains and personal effects (if applicable).
Please report the death of a U.S. citizen in Indonesia to us as soon as possible.  Consular staff will notify the closest relative/next-of-kin or legal representative. Depending on the circumstances, it might take until the next business day for us to provide additional information.


To report a death of a U.S. citizen in Indonesia, send us an email at for Consulate General in Surabaya, or for Consular Agency Bali, that includes the information listed below, and include “Death of a U.S. Citizen” in the subject line.

  • Full name of the deceased U.S. citizen
  • Date and place of birth
  • U.S. passport number, if known
  • Last known residence, if known
  • Date, place, and circumstances of death
  • Does the deceased have a surviving spouse?  If yes, please provide the name, address, contact number and email address.
  • If the deceased was not married, does the deceased have children? If so, how many?  Who is the designated family representative?  Please provide the name, address, contact number and email address.
  • If there is no surviving spouse or children, please provide the closest relative/next-of-kin, or legal representative’s name, address, contact number and email address, if known.
  • If the deceased had a Last Will & Testament, please include a copy.

The U.S. Consulate in Surabaya, or Consular Agency in Bali will contact closest relative/next-of-kin or legal representative to have Affidavit of Next-of-Kin notarized. This affidavit may be notarized at any U.S. notary or by appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, U.S. Consulate in Surabaya, or Consular Agency in Bali.
The U.S. Consulate in Surabaya will issue a Consular Report of Death Abroad based on the Indonesian death certificate.  This document is necessary to settle legal and estate matters in the United States.

Any death in Indonesia must be officially reported to the Indonesian Civil Registry once the determination on the cause of death has been made by either a hospital or the police. The authorities will then work with the next-of-kin (or their designates) to complete the necessary documentation and funeral or cremations arrangements.  It will be necessary to hire a funeral director to arrange for burial or cremation in Indonesia, or shipment of the body or ashes to the United States.


The Consular Report of Death of Abroad (CRODA) is a report that provides the essential facts concerning the death of a U.S. citizen, disposition of remains, and custody of the personal effects of a deceased citizen. This form is generally used in legal proceedings in the United States. The Consular Report of Death is based on the foreign death certificate and cannot be completed until the foreign death certificate has been issued.
We will send the closest relative/next-of-kin or legal representative 20 certified copies of the Report of Death at the time the initial report is issued. Additional copies can be obtained subsequently by contacting:

U.S. Department of State
Passport Vital Records Section
44132 Mercure Circle
PO Box 1213
Sterling, VA 20166-1213
Phone: (202) 485-8300
More information can be found through:


We maintain a list of funeral homes in the eastern part of Indonesia that have worked with the families of Americans who have died in Indonesia. The next of kin or legal representative should contact a funeral home as soon as possible following the death of a U.S. citizen in Indonesia, as health laws require prompt disposition of remains.

The U.S. Consulate Surabaya, or Consular Agency Bali assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following persons or firms.  Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance.  Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the funeral directors, morticians, and other service providers.

Ario Memorial Services
Jl. Dinoyo No.94 – 96, Keputran, Kec. Tegalsari, Surabaya 60265 East Java – Indonesia
Mobile: +62 85 8532 8344, +62 812 319 2943, Tel.: +62 31-561 9000

Yayasan Gotong Royong
Jl. Taman Tenaga Baru Komplek Kawasan Industri No.2, Blimbing, Kec. Blimbing,
Malang 65125 East Java – Indonesia
Mobile: +62 851 0005 5470, Tel.: +62 341 497687


  1. Antar Bangsa
    Funeral Service – Funeral Director – Funeral Assistance
    Funeral Home – Mortuary – Crematory
    Jalan Raya Pemogan No. 160, Denpasar 80221 Bali – Indonesia
    Mobile: +, Tel.: +62.361.725.554, Fax: +62.361.725.556
    Email:, Web.:
  2. Kristalian Funeral Home
    Jl. P.B. Sudirman No. 1, Denpasar, Bali – Indonesia
    Mobile: +62 811 399 0430, +62 811 9441 441

Most typical funeral services are available in Indonesia, including embalming, cremation, casket and urn, preparations, and shipment for repatriation.

Estimated Costs
While prices vary for different funeral service providers, and each situation is unique. Families should contact the funeral directors, morticians, etc. directly for a precise quote based on the individual circumstances of your situation.
The following price quotes are examples only and informed by market research in East Java and Bali.

  • Repatriation to USA
    (Los Angeles/San Francisco/New York) USD 4,000 – USD 5,000
  • Cremation in Bali USD 1,500
  • Sending ashes to USA
    (Los Angeles/San Francisco/New York) USD 500
  • Burial (funeral service included)
    Islam USD 2,450
    Catholic USD 2,450
    Christian USD 3,450
    Religion services
    Catholic USD 200/day
    Buddha USD 200/day
    Christian USD 200/day
    Hindu USD 100 – USD 500
  • Autopsy USD 1,700 – USD 2,000
  • Extra urn Starts from USD 50
  • Storage in refrigeration unit Starts from USD 25/day

All prices are subject to change and depend on the location in Indonesia where the American passed away.