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Death of a U.S. Citizen

Death of a U.S. Citizen

Providing assistance to families of U.S. citizens who have died overseas is one of the Embassy’s most important and solemn responsibilities.  When a death occurs overseas, the experience is traumatic for loved ones, causing not only normal feelings of grief, but possibly anxiety over the distance from the deceased and frustration over the difficulties of getting things done in a foreign land. 

After receiving word of the death of an American citizen in Korea, the Embassy is responsible for notifying their next of kin, if they are not already informed. We can also assist the family with:

  • understanding their options and navigating local regulations
  • making arrangements for disposition of the remains
  • serving as conservator of the estate when the next of kin is not in Korea
  • overseeing the disposition of the remains
  • preparing and sending the next of kin signed copies of the Consular Report of Death of an American Citizen Abroad to help them settle legal and estate matters in the United States. This document is in English and is based on the local death certificate.

When reporting the death of a U.S. citizen, the next of kin will need to bring the following documents to the Embassy. 

  1. Original death certificate from hospital
  2. Deceased’s proof of U.S. Citizenship (passport, naturalization certificate, birth certificate)
  3. Power of Attorney from the Next of Kin, if s/he is unable to come *Note: Next of Kin generally refers to a person's closest relative, usually the surviving spouse (or parent/child, if unmarried)
  4. Visiting person’s ID
  5. Death Report Worksheet: Please complete it and have it signed. 
  6. Evidence of Family relationship 

For more information about consular assistance when an American citizen has died abroad, please follow this website.


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