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Indian Consulate in UAE issues advisory on last rites, repatriation of bodies amid Covid-19

Staff Reporter/Dubai
Filed on June 20, 2020 | Last updated on June 20, 2020 at 06.15 am
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Local authorities urge expats to expedite the final rites and body repatriation process.

Authorities in UAE have advised the Consulate of India to expedite the last rites process of Indian expats.

In a statement issued on Friday, CGI has urged Indian nationals in the country to cooperate with authorities in conveying information about deaths during the pandemic, so that final rites or repatriation can be arranged. A helpline number and email address has also been provided in this regard.

The full statement:

'In the past few weeks the Consulate has observed that 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. The Consulate has been advised by local authorities that the mortal remains must be claimed expeditiously and their burial/ cremation or repatriation completed. If mortal remains are not claimed and last rites 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. In many cases the Consulate has seen undue delay on the part of employers and sponsors in completing the local formalities or even giving the information about death to the Consulate. Particularly in the Covid-19 situation this creates additional burden on mortuaries and government facilities.

The Consulate would like to appeal to all employers and sponsors to report death of any Indian national under their sponsorship immediately on our Emergency Helpline No. +971-507347676 and take urgent steps to complete death related formalities for performing last rites locally or in India as per family's authorization. Information related to death may also be sent on our email deathregistration.dubai@mea.gov.in

We also request family or friends of anyone who passes away to inform the Consulate about the same and provide their authorisation quickly. This is especially important in case of any unfortunate death due to Covid-19 wherein the last rites needs to be completed locally as per the directives of the Government of UAE. These steps are necessary to ensure dignified end to a departed soul.'


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