Birth and death in Romania; Repatriation of remains, Canadian birth and death certificates

Birth in Romania

The birth of every child in Romania, legitimate or natural, must be registered with the local authorities. Registration must occur within maximum 30 days following the birth.

Information, for guidance purposes, can be found on the Directorate for Persons Record and Civil Status Documents Sector 1, Bucharest: (only in Romanian) 

You may apply for a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship  as proof of citizenship for a child born outside Canada.

To obtain a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship, or to find out whether a child born outside Canada is a Canadian citizen, visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website. From Canada, you can contact the Citizenship and Immigration Call Centre. If you are abroad, contact the nearest Canadian government office.

Death in Romania

Registration of death is obligatory and must be done within 24 hours at the in the city or town where the death occurred. A death certificate is normally issued within 72 hours, except in case of violent or suspicious death.

In the case of a violent death (e.g. accident, suicide), the Prosecutor or the criminal police officer, assisted by a coroner, must file a report specifying the condition of the body, the related circumstances surrounding the death and the deceased's personal information (name, place and date of birth, profession and residence). The Prosecutor will provide the information contained in the report to the Directorate for Persons Record and Civil Status Documents where the person died, in order to file a death certificate.

An autopsy is normally performed, including when the death occurs in a hospital.

Death Certificate

Information, for guidance purposes, can be found on the website of Directorate for Persons Record and Civil Status Documents,  Sector 1, Bucharest (only in Romanian)

Repatriation of Remains or Cremated Ashes

Returning the remains of a loved one to Canada requires the assistance of qualified funeral homes both in Canada and in the country where the death occurred. You must confirm whether any travel health insurance purchased by the deceased will cover the preparation and repatriation of the remains to Canada or, alternatively, cremation or local burial.

The family of the deceased will need to make an early decision about whether it wishes the remains to be returned to Canada, buried or cremated in the other country. Please read the Canada Border Services Agency’s Importation and exportation of human remains and other human tissues, which explains the rules and processes for bringing remains to Canada.

The amount of time required to repatriate remains can vary greatly and is determined by a number of factors, including the procedures in the country where the death occurred and the cause of death.

Funeral customs (and costs) may be very different from Canada’s in the country where the death occurred.  Consular officers at a Canadian government office in the country where the remains are located can provide you with a list of local funeral homes for further instructions.

List of Funeral Homes in Romania:

RAINBOW Funeral Services


Canadian Birth and Death Certificates

There is no central registry of births and deaths in Canada. Canadian birth and death certificates must be obtained from the vital statistics office of the province in which the event occurred. They cannot be obtained through the Canadian Embassy. Requests should be sent directly to the appropriate provincial vital statistics office. The fee for issuing birth or death certificates will vary from province to province.

You cannot obtain a Canadian birth certificate for a Canadian child born outside of Canada. You must apply instead for a Canadian citizenship certificate.