the family: Repatriation of expatriatesí remains-Dubai
Repatriating human remains of expatriates
can be a challenge as it involves many steps and paperwork by
different government organisations.
Natural deaths are simpler to handle than
deaths due to an accident or crime. In this case, we will address the
repatriation process and documents needed for a non-Muslim expatriate
who dies a natural death.
1) Any deaths occurring outside a hospital must be reported to the
police by dialling 999.
2) Upon arrival, the police will fill out an initial death report and
transfer the deceased to the Rashid Hospital Mortuary or Police
Mortuary. The process for registering deaths will vary at this point,
depending on the deceasedís religion and country of origin.
If the death occurred in a hospital, get
a death notification from the hospital. Go to the police station
nearest to the deceasedís residence to register his death.
3) Once the deceased is at the Rashid Hospital Mortuary, Rashid
Hospital will determine the cause of death and issue a report. This is
confirmation of the deceasedís death. Bear in mind that the initial
documents issued by police have to be submitted along with the
deceasedís passport and visa (original and copy). A fee of Dh60
has to be paid.
4) Upon completing the examination, the Rashid Mortuary will issue a
death notification. Make sure to have it stamped by police at the
Head to the police station again with all
your documents: the death declaration and the deceasedís passport and
visa page. The police will issue a no objection certificate (NOC)
addressed to Al Baraha Hospital, Ministry of Health to issue the death
5) While at the station, also request additional NOCs addressed to the
following: (1) the airport for repatriation of the human remains (2)
the mortuary for embalming (3) and the hospital for release of the
body (if the deceased died in the hospital).
Go to Al Baraha Hospital: Once all the
documents are ready, take them to the Preventive Medicine Department
of Al Baraha Hospital. This is where the Ďofficial death certificateí
will be issued. Note that all documents issued at government agencies
are in Arabic. Non-Arabic speaking countries will require the
certificates to be translated if you are repatriating the deceased.
Visa Cancellation: After that, proceed to
the Ministry of Labour and Immigration for visa and labour card
cancellation. This process does not require the
sponsorís signature. You can complete cancellation procedures
Go to Consulate/Embassy: Register the
deceasedís death at his or her local embassy or consulate. The mission
will then cancel the passport and register the death in the home
country. It must also issue an NOC so you can repatriate the body.
Ticket Booking: If a relative or someone
is accompanying the human remains in the flight, book a ticket and
cargo. Check the process with your airline of choice as different
airlines have different formalities.
Go to Medical Fitness Centre in Al Muhaisnah
to book the embalming time. You will have to go back to the mortuary
where the body is being kept so you can identify the body before it is
transported to the centre for embalming. Pay Dh100 for the
embalming charges, a minimum of Dh1,750 for a standard coffin,
and Dh210 for the ambulance to transport the body to the
6) The Medical Fitness Centre will issue the embalming certificate.
For Indians, this has to be attested at the consulate.
Cargo Village: The centre will transport
the body through DNATA. DNATA will handle the body at Cargo Village
and process the required documentation. Along with the original NOC
from police, you will need to request another NOC from the Cargo
Village police station. The NOC you got from the embassy is needed
here as well. Make sure you have a minimum of
eight copies of ALL the documents, including the ticket copy.
They also need to be translated if the country of destination is
non-Arab. Submit these documents and all previously obtained documents
to the DNATA export office in Cargo Village.
7) Once there, the human remains will be labelled as human remains,
scanned, and then shipped to your country of destination after all the
shipping costs are paid.
Time: The process usually takes
one to two days.
Please note that government offices close
at 2pm, so everything has to be done quickly so that you can finish in
one or two days.
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