Detailed below are the procedures to be followed by the person taking
responsibility for repatriation or burial or cremation of a dead body.
All death formalities to be completed at
Hospitals, Ministry of Health and Police can be done only on working
days i.e. from Sunday to Thursday between 8am and 2pm.
In Dubai, after office timings and on holidays
on call service is available on request made on telephone number
Services of a Consulate Official for completing
death related formalities are available even after office hours
everyday including holidays. He can be contacted on mobile number
050-7347676 after office hours and on holidays.
In cases of deaths at residence or any place
other than Hospitals or in Ambulances, take the body of the deceased
on an ambulance to the Police Mortuary for forensic examination.
Get Death Declaration/Notification from the
In cases of deaths at Hospitals or in
Ambulances, get Death Declaration/Notification from the Hospital
authorities. (Bodies are kept in the concerned hospital mortuary).
FORMALITIES AT POLICE STATION (I)
Report to the local Police Station where the
deceased resided with a copy of Death Declaration/Notification,
Passport and other identity documents of the deceased.
In cases of death due to accident, report to
the jurisdictional Police Station where the accident happened.
In cases of death due to unknown reasons, the
bodies are kept at Police Mortuary for investigation. Further
procedures are dependent on forensic report and investigation report
from Public Prosecution Department.
STEPS TO FOLLOW
Take Certificate of death issued by Hospital to the nearest police
station. Death Certificate Fees: Dh60
After reporting the death, Dubai Police will issue four letters:
One for Preventive Medicine (Al Baraha Hospital), Second for Dubai
Hospital, Third for Airport and last one for DHA (Sonapur Medical
Fitness Centre) for embalming.
FORMALITIES AT AL BARAHA HOSPITAL, HAMRIYA
Submit Death Notification to Preventive
Medicine Section, Ministry of Health at Al Baraha Hospital, Hamriya)
for obtaining the Death Certificate (Fee Dh 60). Hospital
Timing: 8am to 2pm (Sun-Thu).
Request for English version of the Death
Certificate. If the English version is not made available at Al Baraha
hospital, Death Certificate can be got translated at Indian Consulate during office
hours or from any translation office.
FORMALITIES AT LABOUR OFFICE/ IMMIGRATION
labour Card first from
Tas'heel Centre. Then visa from
Immigration. Immigration branch at Airport Terminal 3 is
open 24 hours including holidays.
FORMALITIES AT INDIAN CONSULATE
Get the passport of the deceased cancelled at the Consulate. For the
purpose, bring the following documents:
Three copies each of
Passport of the deceased
MoH death certificate
Annex -1 Form
Two copies of passport of the accompanying
Letter of authorization from the Next of Kin of the deceased for
repatriating/ cremating the body. If the nearest blood relative/spouse
is in India, a fax to the Consulate from the relative/spouse of the
deceased from home place is required. The text of the letter of
authorization should read as follows:
I,(name) understand that my husband/son/father/brother/wife (name
and passport no.) has died on (date) at Dubai. I authorize (name of
the person), holder of passport number
.. for repatriating/ cremating
If the cause of death is Murder / Accident /
Suicide, then a notarized authorization letter/ affidavit from the
wife / father / mother is mandatory.
Letter from the company or sponsor stating that
they will carry out the settlement and repatriation procedures.
Get a death certificate issued from the
Consulate which is done on the basis of the Death Certificate issued
by the Ministry of Health.
Get a letter from the Consulate of no objection
for transporting/repatriating the body. The Airlines and Indian
authorities require this document.
Get a copy of the Death Certificate issued by
the Ministry of Health attested at the Consulate. This is required for
insurance claims in India.
FORMALITIES AT POLICE STATION (II)
Once again report to the police station with
the cancelled passport and the documents received from the Consulate.
Collect the following three documents which are issued by the Police
Letter to the mortuary authorities for
releasing the dead body
Letter to Sonapur Clinic for embalming
the dead body
Letter to Airport authorities permitting
repatriation of the dead body. Procedure in case of departure from
FORMALITIES AT CLINIC
Approach Medical Fitness Centre, Sonapur (Dubai) with the following
documents for embalming:
Original death certificate with two photocopies
Letter from the police with no objection for
embalming and transportation of the dead body
Passport/emergency certificate of the deceased
after its cancellation from the consulate/embassy
A copy of the no objection letter from
consulate for transporting/repatriating the body and Death
At the counter of the mortuary of embalming
hospital, pay a fee of Dh1,010 for embalming, Dh 1200 to
2500 for coffin and Dh220 for Ambulance Services. Get
the time for embalming from Medical Fitness Centre, Sonapur
which is fixed depending on the flight departure timings of the
A minimum of 3-4 hours before the allotted time
of embalming, the authorized person along with one more person who
carries some identification document should approach the mortuary for
receiving the dead body. Bodies can be taken from Police mortuary till
2 pm and from mortuaries of other hospitals till 4 pm.
In case of children inform the size to the
mortuary attendants (0503483990) for them to arrange the correct size
of coffin. Coffins are airtight in which dead bodies can be kept up to
seven days. It is safe to open the coffin 2 hours before
Once the time of flight departure is given to
Makhtoum Hospital, they transport the body to cargo section of the
Airport in an ambulance.
After embalming bring the embalming certificate
with one photocopy to the Consulate for attestation. The accompanying
person should also bring a copy of his Air Ticket (Cargo air fares to
India for mortal remains vary from Dh 1200 to Dh 2500 on
Northern Emirates: Dubai, Sharjah,
Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah emirates depend on the DHA (Dubai Health
Authority) facility in Al Muhaisnah for embalming the bodies.
Dubai Municipality ambulance
is transferring embalmed bodies to Sharjah airport also without taking
any extra fee. Service fee is Dh220 for Dubai and Sharjah
FORMALITIES AT AIRPORT CARGO
Following documents in original along with 8 photocopies are
required at the cargo section:
Police No Objection for repatriation/transportation of body and its
Attested Embalming certificate
Attested Death certificate and its English translation
Embassy/Consulate certificate Death registration certificate (Annex I)
Consulate letter authorizing a person
Cancelled passport of the deceased
Accompanying persons confirmed air ticket (2 copies)
Accompanying persons passport (2 copies)
the export counter of cargo section fill up the Airway bill form and
give details of the accompanying person and copy of the ticket.
Collect the bar code sticker identifying the coffin.
Provide weight and volume of the coffin at counter number 55.
Along with Airway bill submit 8 sets of the documents to the cargo
section. Three sets are returned, one of which is to be submitted on
the 2nd Floor New Cargo Complex customs counter for clearance.
Give the other two sets with original letter issued from Dubai Police
to the Police Outpost on the 2nd floor along with the original copy of
Police No-objection letter, which is returned back.
Pay the cargo charges (Air India /Indian Airlines/Express Dh 1300
to Dh 2500 and in other Airlines Dh 3000 to Dh 4000)
upon which original airway bill will be issued.
FORMALITIES AT DESTINATION AIRPORT
Keep all the original documents including airway bill and carry a
minimum of 4 extra copies
arrival at the destination airport ask for the airlines staff for help
in completing the formalities.
Hand over the original documents to the kin of the deceased.
the coffin is to be moved out side the Airport limits obtain a no
objection certificate from the Airport Police.
OTHER FORMALITIES TO BE COMPLETED
Visa of dependents
Get visas of all the dependents who were on the sponsorship of the
case dependents want to stay on for some pressing reasons like
completion of academic year, etc. make a request to the company where
the deceased was working for sponsorship. On their security/
guarantee, Immigration department allows dependents to stay till next
academic year or till the validity of the visa.
BELONGINGS OF DECEASED
In case belongings of deceased are to be sent to home country a
request from the deceaseds employer in the specified format is to be
submitted to the Consulate with a list of used items. Upon receipt the
Consulate will issue a letter to the Customs Department on the basis
of which the relative of the deceased can carry the belongings without
LEGAL HEIRS CERTIFICATE (LHC)
In case all family members of the deceased are present approach the
Shariah Court, LHC can be prepared in the presence of two witnesses.
the family members are in India, they should obtain LHC from the
concerned authority, get the same attested by state home department
and Embassy/Consulate of United Arab Emirates followed by UAE Ministry
of Foreign Affairs and Indian Embassy/ Consulate. Translation in
Arabic to be attested by Ministry of Justice.
ADDITIONAL PROCEDURE IN CASE OF DEATH OF ABSCONDING EMPLOYEE
Sponsor of an absconding employee surrenders the absconders passport
to the Immigration Department/Labour Department.
case an absconding employee dies, a person duly authorized by his next
of kin and/or Consulate for repatriating or cremating the body should
approach Immigration department along with his passport, which is
retained as security by Immigration.
Immigration dept cancels the absconders visa upon submission of his
death certificate and gives back the passport.
producing the documents of cremation/repatriation the guarantors
passport is returned back.
ADDITIONAL PROCEDURE IN CASE OF DEATH OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
Obtain an emergency certificate (Outpass) form from the Consulate or
download the same.
Submit the duly filled form with 2 photographs, copy of passport
and/or other Identity documents like Labour Card, Health Card, and
Driving License etc of the deceased.
no identity documents are available, obtain a letter from the local
authorities at the native place of the deceased like Tehsildar or
Sarpanch of the local Panchayat stating that the person belonged to
the place. Else the Next of Kin can give a duly notarized affidavit
along with duly attested photograph of the deceased on the affidavit.
ADDITIONAL PROCEDURE IN CASE OF DEPARTURE FROM SHARJAH AIRPORT
Get a letter from Dubai Police addressed to Sharjah Police instead of
to Dubai Airport.
Hand over this letter at Sharjah Police Hqrs (situated near the Clock
tower) between 8am and 8pm.
Collect the letter issued by Sharjah Police Head Quarters for Police
Outpost at the Sharjah Air Port. Submit this letter along with copies
of all other documents at Sharjah Air port Police Outpost. All
documents will be retained except the letter from Sharjah Police.
Fax or bring this letter to Al Medical Fitness Centre on the basis of
which they will dispatch the coffin to Sharjah Airport Cargo. One
relative should accompany the Ambulance.
PROCEDURE IN CASE OF UNACCOMPANIED MORTAL REMAINS
is possible to send unaccompanied remains to any destination point in
Next of kin of deceased sends a notarized confirmation for collection
of the body to the respective Airline cargo office at the destination
The Airline cargo office in turn sends a message to their City Office
at the departure port or to the airport cargo office in UAE. If the
message is sent to airport cargo office ensure that a copy is sent to
the Airline City Office also.
Mail or courier all the documents and airway bill to the relatives at
the destination who can then approach their concerned airport cargo
office, complete the formalities and collect the body.
PROCEDURE IN CASE OF INDIGENT FAMILIES
the deceased was not on a Company sponsorship and if his family is
indigent make a request to the Labour and Welfare Section at the
Consulate for free of cost repatriation of dead body.
Collect the letter issued by the Consulate for the concerned Airline
Submit the letter to the airline office which in turn will issue
another letter for the cargo section and give a one-way ticket for the
accompanying person and carry the body for free.
PROCEDURE FOR LOCAL DISPOSAL OF DEAD BODY
CREMATION OF HINDUS
Mortal remains of deceased who were holding
residence/visit/transit/tourist visa issued from Dubai/Sharjah can be
cremated at the Hindu Crematorium in Dubai/Sharjah.
Get a notarized authorization from the Next of Kin of deceased
consenting for local cremation.
Pay the Municipal fee of Dh 1010 at Al Quoz / Sonapur
Approach the local Police Station along with your original passport
which will be kept as a guarantee and get no-objection letters for the
Municipal Cemetery and mortuary.
Following documents are required at the crematorium for cremation:
Receipt of the fee paid at the Municipality.
Copy of the Consulate Annex 1 & 2.
Copy of the Translated Death Certificate issued by MoH.
Copy of the visa page of the passport of the deceased.
Passport copy of the person authorized by the NoK of the deceased.
Consent letter to the Custodian of the cremation yard. Mr. Sunil
(0505071640) or Mr. Eeshwar (050-4549615/04-3532320) are the
Pay cremation fees of Dh2000 and another refundable deposit of Dh500 for collection of ashes.
Relatives can bring Pundits (050-6742362, 050-6742362) from the temple
for performing rituals. Puja items have to be brought along.
Collect ashes in a container within 24 hrs of cremation or else it
will be disposed off. Cover container with a white cloth and get it
sealed in front of a Consulate official at the Consulate.
Get the authorization letter from the Consulate for sending the ashes
to India for further rites.
BURIAL OF MUSLIMS
Procedures are same as for cremation of Hindus except that no
municipal fee is to be paid.
Contact the municipality at AL Quoz Qabaristan (04-3388013, 04-3388013
or Al Quasis (04-3455106, 04- 3455106. Facilities available for
prayers and formalities
BURIAL OF CHRISTIANS
Procedures are same as for cremation of Hindus.
Bring priest to perform the last rites at the Christian cemetery in
industrial area No. 13 of Jebel Ali. (The place of cremation varies
depending on which Emirate the visa of the deceased is stamped).
Charges for space at the graveyard are Dh 650 (Dh 350
Christian Cemetery Custodians contact nos. are: Mob 050 6532612, 050
6532612 Tel. 04-3370087, 04 3370087. More details on
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