Can You Take Human Ashes on a Qantas Flight?

While this guuide is primarily aimed at UK and Irish passengers flying outbound with human ashes, the same guidelines generally apply to all Qantas flights, regardless of departure or arrival location.
Navigating the complexities of travelling with the ashes of a loved one is a delicate and emotionally fraught task. To ensure a smooth journey free from obstacles or unexpected issues, it's essential to understand the regulations for carrying human ashes on a Qantas flight. Here are the guidelines you'll need to follow.

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Key Takeaways - Travelling with Ashes on Qantas

  • Baggage Options: Human ashes must be carried on as carry-on baggage.
  • Container Requirements: The urn or container used to hold the ashes must be x-ray proof. Opt for a non-metallic urn that can be easily scanned by customs.
  • Official Documentation: You must have a cremation certificate and death certificate.
  • Weight Restriction: The combined weight of your hand luggage, which includes the urn or container for ashes and any other items, should not exceed 7kg and must fit within the dimensions of 56 cm x 36 cm x 23 cm. For those flying in First, Business, or Premium Economy classes, additional allowances may apply.
  • Seal and Leakage: The container must be sealed properly to prevent any leakage during the journey.
  • Screening: The container will be subject to screening procedures during airport security. Therefore we recommend arriving a few hours prior to your flight.

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Additional Precautions for Transporting Ashes with Qantas

While Qantas provides comprehensive guidance, it's crucial to consider the laws and regulations of the country you are flying to. We highly recommend contacting the embassy of the destination country to avoid any complications upon arrival.


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How heavy is My URN?
When you're flying with Qantas and need to transport ashes, it's crucial to consider the total weight, which includes both the ashes and the urn. Generally, ashes can weigh anywhere from 1.8kg to 4kg, and the urn can add another 1kg to 3kg to that. So, you're looking at a combined weight that could be as minimal as 2.8kg or as much as 7kg. The average weight often lands around 4.9kg. If you're looking for a lighter option, a scatter tube, weighing just 0.35kg, could be a sensible choice.
What size is my URN?
In terms of urn dimensions, they usually range from 10 to 12 inches in height (or 25 to 30 cm) and have a diameter of 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm). For the most accurate dimensions, it's best to either take the measurements yourself, refer to the specs provided by the seller, or reach out to the crematorium if that's where you obtained the urn or container.
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