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Carrying Ashes on a KLM flight: Airline Policy

If you are carrying cremated remains / ashes on a KLM airline then you should be aware that this is there policy:

An urn can be taken as part of hand baggage, or as check-in baggage.

• The urn’s crematorium certificate must be brought and be shown during security check, so the urn will not be opened.
• If taken as part of hand baggage, the urn can measure max. 55 x 25 x 35 cm / 21.5 x 10 x 13.5 in (l x b x h).
• The urn cannot be made of metal (ie: x-rayable, so wood etc is OK)
• The urn must be sealed and wrapped in such a way that other passengers cannot identify it as an urn.
• To request transportation of an urn, please contact the KLM Customer Contact Centre (+44 20 7660 0293) , quoting your booking code, so they will put a note against your file for check-in use etc

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14 thoughts on “Carrying Ashes on a KLM flight: Airline Policy

  1. Reply
    Marco - 5th November 2023

    I am collecting ashes from Ecuador to bring back to South Africa, only flight carrier is KLM.

    I do not know if there is a crematorium certificate, I also read of a special crematorium certificate required. What would I need before I return to South Africa?

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      Richard Martin - 13th November 2023

      I have never heard of a special certificate. The more evidence obviously the better should they query it.
      Kind regards

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    Xiuqin Tao - 20th August 2023

    I’m heading to China and my first plane is your airline. I would like to bring my husband’s part of ashes with me I know I need the death certificate and cremation certificate and he has to be in a urn that they can scan through and I need to contact by email before I am on board. Is this correct way or not? Many thanks.

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      Richard Martin - 31st August 2023

      This seems correct. I would advise speaking to the airline directly. Hope all goes well

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    moira ann little - 21st February 2023

    what are the rules for scattering a small amount of my late husbands ashes in greece and do the same rules apply the islands as well

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      Richard Martin - 22nd February 2023

      Dear Moira Ann

      Quantity is not the issue and whilst there is no way to get permission I am aware people do this, but obviously this would be without permission and we can’t condone it.
      I hope things go well.
      Kind regards

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    bertha Ann Russell - 26th November 2022

    im heading to canada and i would like to bring my husbands ashes with me i know i need the death certificate and cremation certificate and he has to be in a urn that they can scane through is this all i need to go into canada

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      Richard Martin - 7th December 2022

      Essentially Yes, I would inform the airline. They are usually absolutely fine.

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    NAdya - 26th September 2022


    I will be traveling from Canada to Vilnius to bring my Mom’s ashes. Original flight is with Air-Canada and next is KLM. If I carry-on her remaining’s with Air-Canada and do the screening checkpoint there first am I expected to do any checkpoint with KLM as connecting flight?

    Thank you

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 5th October 2022

      Hi Nadya
      I would not anticipate any, but we a small company based in the UK so we are not the oracle so to speak.
      Sure it will be fine

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    Jannie Luteyn - 31st July 2022

    May I carry just a part of the ashes on board

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 2nd August 2022

      Yes you may if the requirements are met.
      Kind regards

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    Florencia D. Castillo - 15th June 2022

    Good day everyone! How and whre will i claim the urn of my deceased
    Sister. What arec the requirements in claiming. In which terminal should i go?

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 22nd June 2022

      I am sorry Florencia, I afraid I don’t know. Sorry.

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