Death of a U.S. Citizen

Death is a time of crisis for one’s family and friends no matter where it takes place.  If a death occurs overseas, the experience can be even more traumatic, especially if the procedures involved are not clearly understood.

In the unfortunate event that an American citizen dies in Spain or Andorra, the American Citizens Services Unit can assist the family in making arrangements for return of the remains to the United States, if necessary, or for burial or cremation in Spain or Andorra.  There are, however, no U.S. government funds available to cover or defray any of the expenses involved.

When reporting a death to us, please tell us, if possible the deceased person’s name, date and place of birth, passport number, last known residence and the date, place and circumstances of death.  If known, please also provide us with the name, address, and telephone number(s) of the next-of-kin and/or any relatives.  We also find it helpful to know whether you and/or any family members have been in contact with Spanish or Andorran police authorities.

When we hear of the death of an American citizen, we will determine as quickly as possible how to reach the deceased’s next-of-kin.  We make it a priority to provide the next-of-kin with all available details surrounding their loved one’s death.  Please understand that when a death occurs over a weekend, most Spanish or Andorran offices, including certain police authorities, are closed.  Therefore, in some cases, it might take until the next business day for us to provide the next-of-kin with additional information.