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Members of the public may, subject to the approval of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD), scatter cremated human ashes in 3 designated areas of Hong Kong waters, including east of Tap Mun, east of Tung Lung Chau and south of West Lamma Channel (for the boundaries of the 3 designated areas for scattering cremains at sea, please click here). If the application is approved, the scattering of cremated human ashes shall only take place at the approved time, on the approved date and within the approved Designated Area. No food, ritual offerings or any other object shall be thrown into the sea except the cremated ashes of the deceased and a handful (the amount of flower petals that a 250ml container can contain, about the capacity of a rice bowl) of natural flower petals as approved.

Free Ferry Service for Scattering Cremains
In order to promote the scattering of cremated human ashes at sea, FEHD provide four times of free ferry service per month, departing from North Point (East) Passenger Ferry Pier on the designated mornings of each month to south of the West Lamma Channel or the east of Tung Lung Chau for the public to scatter ashes. Every ferry trip can accommodate 25 applicants who may each bring along ten family members, relatives and friends on board.

Application procedures

Application period 

The application should be submitted to FEHD at least 10 days before the proposed date for the scattering of cremated ashes.


The applicant must be the same person as the one who collected the cremated ashes as mentioned in the “Permit to take away cremated ashes”.  The applicant can authorise a person to act on his or her behalf in written format. The authorised person should provide the authorization letter when making the application.


Fill in one of the following forms as appropriate:

  1. If the applicant wants to make use of the free ferry service provided by FEHD, please fill in Application For Scattering Of Cremated Human Ashes in Hong Kong Waters and Free Ferry Service to Designated Area (East of Tung Lung Chau or South of West Lamma Channel) (FEHB198A)
  2. if there is no need to make use of the free ferry service provided by FEHD, please fill in   Application for Scattering of Cremated Human Ashes in Hong Kong Waters (FEHB198) 
Documents required
  1. The original of the "Permit to take away cremated ashes" ; and
  2. if the application is made by an authorised person, copy of the HKID card of the applicant and the authorised person should be submitted.
Submission method

The applicant or the authorised person should submit the application to any one of the following offices of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Section, FEHD.

Processing time

FEHD will approve the application within 5 working days from the date of receipt of an application.

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Last update: 4 Sep 2019
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