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Notice on reporting of deaths of Indian nationals in Dubai and Northern Emirates

Posted on: September 21, 2020 | Back | Print

Consulate General of India


          Recently, due to the Covid-19 situation, there have been delays on the part of employers, sponsors and families in claiming mortal remains from various mortuaries which creates additional burden on mortuaries and government facilities.  Consulate has been advised by local authorities that the mortal remains must be claimed expeditiously and their burial/ cremation or repatriation completed in a timely manner. If mortal remains are not claimed and last rites not completed within a short span of time, local laws permit authorities to perform the burial locally.  

In death cases, the information first comes to employers/sponsors or family and friends of the deceased.  All employers/sponsors are therefore advised to take urgent steps to complete death related formalities for performing last rites locally or in India, as per family’s authorization.  Death cases should also be reported immediately to the Consulate, and to the family for their authorization.

While we understand the agony which a family has to undergo in case of death of a loved one, but to ensure dignified end to a departed soul, it is essential that family’s authorization for local cremation/burial or transfer of mortal remains to India is made available at the earliest possible.  We, therefore, request family members of a deceased Indian national to provide the necessary authorization immediately on receipt of a communication in this regard from the sponsor or the Consulate.  Such authorization may be sent within 2 days after which Consulate would not be responsible for last rites performed by local authorities under its COVID protocol.

Consulate has a 24X7 helpline (+971-507347676)and a dedicated desk with e-mail ID deathregistration.dubai@mea.gov.in for providing assistance/guidance indeath cases.