Death of a U.S. Citizen

The American Citizen Services Units at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and the Branch Office in Tel Aviv can assist in the event of the death of a U.S. citizen in Israel. We can act as liaison in arranging the disposition of remains and help with forwarding personal effects. The family or legal representative must pay all funeral home charges and shipping costs related to the repatriation of remains and shipping of personal effects (if applicable).

Even if no assistance is needed in making funeral arrangements, the death of a U.S. citizen, whether resident or tourist in Israel, should be reported to the Embassy so that a Report of Death of a U.S. Citizen Abroad can be issued. This document is necessary to settle legal and estate matters in the United States.

To summarize, the American Citizen Services Units at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and the Branch Office in Tel Aviv can:

  • Provide information regarding the shipment of remains to the United States.
  • Prepare up to 20 reports of death. There is no fee for this service.