Death in Qatar: Repatriation and Funeral Procedures (2020)

Death in Qatar Repatriation and Funeral Procedures

The death of a family member or friend is difficult at any time, but the procedures in a foreign country may add to your stress and pain.

Qatar has opened a new Humanitarian Services Office, located near the Hamad General Hospital Mortuary, to facilitate these procedures and bring all services under one roof.

This guide is prepared based on the information provided by the Ministry of Interior and can be helpful in case of an unfortunate demise.

Death in Qatar: The Repatriation Procedure

The procedures will be completed through a team work between the Ministry of Interior (Security Department, police stations and Forensic Centre), Ministry of Public Health, Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar Airways, Public Prosecution, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Department of Consular Affairs) and the coordinators in Embassies and Consulates.

First of all, any deaths occurring outside a hospital must be reported to the police by dialling 999.

Upon arrival, the police will fill out an initial death report and transfer the deceased to the Hamad General Hospital Mortuary.  There is no charge for the mortuary service at the Hamad Hospital. It is possible for bodies to be embalmed at the mortuary.

The death should also be informed to the next kin in the home country as well as the concerned embassy of the deceased’s country.

Post-mortems are not usually carried out, although if required, relatives must sign a consent form beforehand. After the procedures at the mortuary, you have to proceed to the Unified Services Department at Humanitarian Services Office.

Humanitarian Services Office Location and Timing

The Humanitarian Services Office is located exactly behind the Mortuary of Hamad General Hospital and close to the HR Department of the HMC and Ritaj Hotel.

  • Death certificate
  • Embalming certificate and documents for repatriating bodies outside Qatar (Letter to Customs, Letter to a health department official in the country of the deceased and Letter to mortuary).
  • Burial Permit (in case of burial inside the country)

3. Ministry of Interior (Counters 5, 6 and 7)

Issuance of the “To whom it may concern” certificate, cancellation of the residence permit (RP) of the deceased and exit permit for the bodies are done here.

  • Documents required for cancellation of the RP:
    • Copy of the death certificate
    • RP cancellation application
    • Copy of the ID of the sponsor
    • Original ID or original ID missing report
    • Passport of the deceased
  • Documents required to obtain “To whom it may concern” certificate:
    • Copy of the death certificate
    • Copy of the embalming certificate
    • Copy of the death report
    • Letter from the police of the death if it took place outside the hospital.
  • Documents required to get Exit Permit for the body:
    • Exit declaration
    • Death certificate
    • Passport of the deceased
    • RP cancellation

4. Qatar Airways (Counter 8)

Qatar Airways issues the “cargo policy” along with the ticket for the person accompanying the body.

Documents required by Qatar Airways:

  • Copy of death certificate
  • Copy of the "To whom it may concern"certificate
  • Letter from the Embassy
  • Passport of the deceased

5. Embassy of the Country of the Deceased

Documents required by the embassy of the country of the deceased are:

  • Copy of the death certificate
  • Copy of the death report
  • “To whom it may concern” certificate issued by the MoI

The Embassy will be issuing the "No Objection Certificate" to repatriate the body to the country of the deceased.

6. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs Department)

The consular affairs department at MoFA will facilitate co-ordination between the office and embassies for the issuance of a no-objection certificate (from the embassy concerned) in order to repatriate the body outside the country as soon as possible.

Procedure for Absconding Workers

The procedure for repatriating body of absconding workers will be similar, if the employer had lodged a complaint with the authority concerned saying the worker had run away.

Otherwise, the sponsor should have to complete the legal requirements under the residency law.

Road Accidents

In the case of road accidents security requirements are to be fulfilled and a forensic report is needed to start the repatriation procedures.

Funeral Prayers for Muslims

If the deceased is a Muslim, burial customarily takes place within 24 hours of death. Funeral prayers can be offered at a mosque adjacent to the Women’s Hospital at HMC.

  • There is a special room in Al Wakrah hospital for offering funeral prayers for non-Muslims. Prayers can also be offered at a dedicated facility in the Religious Complex premises in Mesaimeer.

Procedure Fee

All the administrative fees for different certificates and papers for repatriation of dead bodies or burial in Qatar have been cancelled. It means the whole procedure is free of charge.

However, if body is repatriated, the charges for Qatar Airways tickets (for transporting the body and accompanying passenger) should be paid.

In case of transportation by flight, the mortal remains are to be embalmed at mortuary and coffin charges are about QR 1200/- to QR 1500/- (Tel: 4435 5460).

Special Instructions for Indian Nationals

The next of kin has to send a letter to the Indian Embassy (Fax No. 4467 0448) stating that he /she has no objection for the burial or transportation of mortal remains and authorising either the sponsor, close relative / friend or any other person known to them, to take charge of the body for local burial or transportation to India.

On receipt of No Objection Certificate from the Embassy, the mortuary authorities will release the dead body for local burial. They will also issue Burial Permission Certificate for cemeteries for burial.

Hospital authorities to be contacted for embalming of mortal remains only after obtaining clearance from Ministry of Interior for Transfer of the body.

An affidavit is also to be submitted by the legal heirs to the nearest airlines office at nearest International / Domestic airport stating that mortal remains would be accepted by them without any delay from the cargo terminal, on arrival from abroad.

The same is to be faxed to the sponsor, airline and to the Embassy. The airline cargo office may not accept the dead body without this affidavit. More details are available here.

Contact Details

Following are the contact details of different counters at Humanitarian Services Office:

  • MoI - 40253371, 40253372 and 40253369
  • MoPH- 40253370 and 40253364
  • HMC - 40253368 and 40253365
  • Qatar Airways - 40253374
  • The fax number of the office is 40380855

The Humanitarian Services Office is expected to cut the lengthy procedures for repatriating bodies of people dying in Qatar into few hours.

All citizens and expatriates in Qatar and citizens of other GCC countries will benefit from this office after following the customary procedures and a team in the office will work to provide all support to speed up the procedures of repatriation or burial.

Deceased Employee's Final Settlements

According to Article 55 of Law No 14 of 2004, if a worker dies during the service, regardless of the cause of death, the employer shall deposit with the treasury of the competent court any wage or other entitlements due to the worker in addition to the end of service gratuity within a period not exceeding fifteen (15) days from the date of the death.

The deposit minutes shall contain a detailed report indicating the method of calculating the amounts referred to. The Employer shall deposit a copy of the minutes with the Department.


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