Air Travel with Your Loved One’s Ashes

Air Travel with Your Loved One’s Ashes

After the cremation of a loved one, you might wish to travel with their cremated remains, commonly known as ashes, either interstate or overseas. If you're considering this, you may wonder whether you're allowed to take ashes on a plane.

Regulations for Air Travel with Ashes

The good news is that there are no legislative requirements regarding transporting cremated remains across Australia or internationally. You have the flexibility to carry these remains in either your carry-on or checked luggage.

Airline-Specific Considerations

We've checked with major airlines such as Qantas, Virgin Australia, and Jetstar to provide insights into their policies on travelling with ashes.

Virgin Australia

For Virgin Australia flights:

  • Use funeral urns effectively cushioned against breakage.
  • Carry the container in either carry-on or checked baggage.
  • Follow specific conditions for carrying funeral urns in the cabin, including a sealed container, a letter from a funeral director, and compliance with size and weight limits.


When travelling with Qantas:

  • Ensure the container is free from contaminants.
  • The container must pass screening and may be inspected.
  • Have an official document from the crematorium confirming the contents.
  • The weight of the container should not exceed 7kg.


Jetstar's requirements appear less strict:

  • No documentation is required for flying with ashes.
  • There is no need to declare ashes as they are not considered dangerous goods.

Following these straightforward guidelines allows you to transport your loved one's remains to their final destination, be it back home, overseas, or to a significant place around the world. Funera Sydney is here to guide and assist you in this process, ensuring a respectful and smooth journey for your loved one's farewell.

For any inquiries or assistance, contact Funera Sydney:
- Main Line: (02) 9954 6655
- Sydney: (02) 9954 6655
- Newcastle: (02) 4955 1110
- Wollongong: (02) 4243 8755

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