Death of a U.S. Citizen

If a U.S. citizen dies in Cuba, the death should be reported immediately to the American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy at (+53) 7839-4100 and/or acshavana@state.gov.  If calling after working hours, select the option to be transferred to the emergency operator.

If the next-of-kin was not with the U.S. citizen at the time of death, we will notify him/her of the death and work with him/her to carry out his/her wishes with regards to burial or repatriation of remains. The American Citizen Services Unit can prepare a Report of Death of an American Citizen Abroad and other documents that can be used in the United States for most legal purposes.  With the next-of-kin’s permission, the Embassy can act as a liaison between the family and local authorities.

Disposition of Remains Report 

The following information (PDF 101KB) is submitted in accordance with requirements to provide current data on Cuban law on the disposition of remains.

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