Dealing with a Death in Turkey

Dealing with the death of a loved one is always distressing. It can also be stressful, time consuming and expensive. The stress, time factor, and expense are often worsened by distance, language, and differences in procedure.

Other people who should be informed of a death in Turkey

Local people to be informed

  • The consulate of your country in Turkey
  • The Immigration and Population office
  • The president of any apartment building/condominium in which the deceased was resident
  • The deceased’s medical insurance company
  • The deceased’s bank
  • Any places where the deceased had investments – e.g. shares, insurance policies, bankaccounts, investment funds etc.

International people to be informed

The international equivalents in the deceased’s home country of all the above agencies and organisations are likely to need copies of the death certificates

It’s also a good idea to keep a copy of the death certificate for yourself.

Action ‘back home’ after a death in Turkey

Notifying the consulate in Turkey

The first thing you should do, though it’s not strictly at home, is notify your consulate in Turkey about the death. They will then remove the deceased from the list of nationals who they know to live locally and can be useful in other ways. Doing this might also serve as an official notification of the death to the government of your country.

To do this, you will need to have a copy of the local death certificate.

There is no legal requirement to do this, unless you want to repatriate the body.

Surrendering the deceased’s passport

In most countries, there is a legal requirement that you surrender the deceased’s passport to the local consulate or to the passport office back home.

Banks and investments

Any institutions in which the deceased held money or investments will need to be notified so that the estate can get its hands on those assets.

Reporting the death to the coroner ‘back home’

The requirements here vary from country to country but, in many countries, if you repatriate the body or (in some cases) the ashes the coroner back home will have the legal responsibility of ‘signing off’ the death and, if it’s necessary to do so, of holding an inquest.


Check the deceased’s medical and, if appropriate, travel and insurance policies. You may find that some or all the costs of dealing with the death are covered by those policies.

Wills – and dealing with any inheritance

See our Guide to Inheritance in Turkey.

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