Death

The relevant authorities do not automatically submit documents regarding a death to the Swiss representations abroad. It is therefore essential that the necessary documents are transmitted to the competent Swiss representation in order to have the various Swiss registers updated free of charge.

Death abroad

To register a death abroad in the Swiss civil status register (Infostar), the following documents and information generally have to be submitted to the competent Swiss representation:

  • death certificate - original
  • Swiss identity documents (passport & identity card) for cancellation – at the written request of the family, the cancelled documents can be returned as mementos (please specify this when submitting the documents)
  • address and contact details of the surviving relatives

Death in Switzerland

The competent Swiss representation must also be notified of the death in Switzerland of Swiss Abroad or their foreign spouses, in order to update the personal details in the register of the Swiss Abroad. The following documents and information have to be submitted to the competent Swiss representation:

  • photocopy of Swiss death certificate (original not required)
  • Swiss identity documents (passport & identity card) for cancellation, if they have not been cancelled already by a passport office in Switzerland – at the written request of the family, the cancelled documents can be returned as mementos (please specify this when submitting the documents)
  • address and contact details of the surviving relatives

Death

In order to register a death with the Swiss authorities, please send the following documents at your earliest convenience to the Swiss representation where you are registered:

A certified copy of the death certificate, legalized by the Ministery of Foreign Affairs the passport and ID-Card of the deceased

Overview

It must be decided as soon as possible whether the deceased will be buried in the UAE or sent back home. If the body is to be flown out of the country, additional permits and certificates must be obtained prior to departure. As, according to Islam, burial must take place within two days, arrangements must be made quickly, particularly if the deceased will be flown home.

Obtaining a Death Certificate

In order to arrange for a local burial or to return the deceased to Switzerland, a death certificate must first be obtained.

If the death occurs in a hospital, the hospital officials will contact the police and arrange transport of the deceased to the Mortuary.

If the death occurs outside a hospital, notify the police. The police will arrange for the transport to the Mortuary (in Dubai: Rashid Hospital).

The mortuary will determine the cause of death and issue a report. Please bring the passport of the deceased to the mortuary. The mortuary will issue a Death Certificate Declaration. Ensure the actual cause of death is stated on the declaration and that the police stamp the declaration at the hospital.

If the deceased will be sent to the home counry, request no objection letters addressed to the airport, the mortuary and the hospital at the police.

The police has to address a no objection letter addressed to the Ministry of Health Counter at a hospital (in Dubai: Al Baraha Hospital).

A death certificate will be issued by this Ministry of Health Counter. Request a death certificate in english at the Reception.

Notify the competent Swiss representation of the death. We will register the death in Switzerland. Please submit the passport for cancellation.

Local Cremation

Deceased of any nationality or religion may be cremated in the UAE, but only in the Hindu manner.

Returning the Deceased to Switzerland

Please contact the competent Swiss representation if you consider returning the deceased to Switzerland. A transit permit for mortal remains will have to be established by the Swiss representation.

DNATA is the only handling agent arranging transport of the deceased out of Dubai. For Abu Dhabi please check with the Embassy.

Contact the cargo department of the desired airline to reserve space.

If the casket will be unaccompanied, make arrangements for it to be collected at the destination. The person or undertaker in charge must confirm acceptance by fax directly to DNATA prior to shipment.

Local Burial - Christian

A local burial can be arranged at the Christian cemetery in Dubai. The cemetery, financed by charity, will assist you with burial arrangements. The graveyard is located at Jebel Ali and the land is provided by Dubai Government.