Say someone dies abroad, in most cases the family would want to bury/cremate that person in the country of origin and the cost would be covered by insurance or themselves. But assuming repatriation is not a requirement for any relatives/friends, is there any international law saying the body should be repatriated to the country of origin? Or are there many countries that have laws concerning this?

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No, there's no such requirement, the family can choose to either repatriate or bury/cremate locally. Assuming nobody claims the body, local authorities will give the local equivalent of a pauper's funeral and the remains will stay in that country.

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