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First Choice and Thomson Holidays’ policy on taking ashes with you

Scattering a loved one’s ashes at a place that was memorable for them or you is a familiar choice, holiday destinations are popular in this respect. So also is scattering a loved one in a place they had always wished to visit. This was simple when most people holidayed in Britain, but as time has passed the popularity of holiday abroad has taken over. So you may want to take some or all of your loved ones ashes to scatter or bury at your destination. To make life a little easier we have asked the major package holiday companies what their policy is for travelling with ashes, this is Thomson & First Choices’ response:

I can confirm that passengers can take ashes onboard on Thomson Airways flight. They need to carry them throughout the duration of the flight on their lap, and they’ll need to show the death certificate at check-in and customs.

Just to make you aware, Customs may also want to inspect the ashes, so please tell the passengers to be prepared for this. They need to contact on 0203 451 2585 if they wish to carry ashes.

 Please refer to our general page on travelling with ashes

 You will need to check the specific rules for the country to determine whether scattering ashes is legal.

Bon Voyage! Oh yes, one idea you might like if you are planning this – Message in a Bottle: One last adventure it might be ideal for what you are thinking…..

BTW: I didn’t know they were the same company until I researched this article!


6 thoughts on “First Choice and Thomson Holidays’ policy on taking ashes with you

  1. Reply
    Hoskins - 19th November 2018

    can i take ashes on s tui flight to Goa?

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 20th November 2018

      Hi Not sure if you read the article, the answer is yes with certain provisos – please see above for details.
      Many thanks

  2. Reply
    W ARROWSMITH - 12th September 2018

    We are planning to go to Sri Lanka with my late mothers ashes.. do I have to pre warn yourself

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 12th September 2018

      You don’t need to inform us, but it may be worth informing the tour operator. I hope your trip goes well.
      Kind regards

  3. Reply
    corrine - 10th April 2018

    Can you take ashes on a Thomas Cook flight to Corfu

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 11th April 2018

      Dear Corrine they are not on Thomas Cook’s list of restrcted items :


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