Qatar launches new office to repatriate bodies

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Omar Chatriwala

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It will now be easier for families to repatriate the bodies of expats who die in Qatar, officials have said at the launch of a new facility to manage the matter.

The building, called the Humanitarian Services Office, will provide what the Ministry of Interior  (MOI) is calling a “single window system” that simplified the procedures needed to send the body of a person who has died here back to their home country.

The office will also deal with the paperwork for people who are buried in Qatar, the MOI said in a series of tweets today.

It added that all previous fees to file the necessary paperwork have been abolished:

The vast majority of people living in Qatar are not from the country, and sorting out the paperwork involved with deaths can be an arduous, confusing process.

Location

The new office will be open seven days a week from 7am to 9pm and will be administered by the MOI.

It is a joint initiative with the interior ministry and the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hamad Medical Corp., Qatar Customs and Qatar Airways.

The building is located in central Doha behind Hamad General Hospital:

The new service should mean that that residents organizing the repatriation of the bodies of colleagues or friends will no longer need to go to multiple government authorities to complete the necessary paperwork.

 

More information about repatriation of deceased people can be found here:

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