Procedure to follow after death of an expatriate in Saudi Arabia

Life and Death are part of this life. Death is always tragic news which creates panic among the family members and close relatives of the deceased person. However, what makes panic more critical is the lack of information in such cases. In this article, I will be explaining in detail the procedure you need to adopt after the death of any of your friend or family member in Saudi Arabia. Burying is only allowed after the procedure is complete.

Death of Non-Muslims in Saudi Arabia: It is vital to discuss here that only Muslims can be buried in Saudi Arabia. If some non-Muslim dies in Saudi Arabia, his body has to be sent back to his native country. In order to transport the dead body, a death certificate issued by the Saudi Authorities is required. Moreover, permission of the embassy is also required in this regard. It is the responsibility of the sponsor of the deceased person to take care of all the administrative processes and bear the burden of the cost involved with it.

Procedure to be adopted in Case of Death of Muslims and Non-Muslims in Saudi Arabia

This procedure needs to be adopted by the legal heirs or friends, (whoever is taking care of funeral activities of a deceased person) in either case if the deceased person is a Muslim or Non-Muslim.

In the case of death (at any place, whether at home or due to some road accident) the local police and ambulance should be called for immediately. Call 999 for Saudi Police Force and call 997 to call an ambulance at the location. We have provided the detail of emergency numbers in this link “Emergency Numbers in Saudi Arabia

Police will make its report and Ambulance will perform its responsibilities according to the situation. If everything goes fine, the body will be repatriated to the hospital morgue. At the hospital, after a checkup by a team of doctors, they will issue a death report. Obviously, you don’t need to call for police and ambulance if the patient is already in the hospital.

It is very important to communicate to the sponsor of the deceased person in case of death. He is legally responsible for all the administrative processes as well as bearing the cost of repatriation to the native country. The hospital will make a list of all the belongings found in the dress of deceased person and hand it over to his sponsor. Hospital will also handover to sponsor 4 envelopes addressed to the;

The morgue in the Hospital. The major mortuary in Riyadh is King Saud Medical Complex (Shumaisi Hospital), Al-Kabari Street, Shumaisi Area, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia   Phone:  011 435-5555.

Passport Office for Final Exit Visa

Airport Cargo Office (In case of repatriation of body to the native country)

Saudi Customs Office (In case of repatriation of body to the native country)

Sponsor will go along with death note from the hospital and report from police to the Ministry of Health. They will check and issue a death report.

Sponsor will have to go to the Ministry of Interior along with report issued by the Ministry of Health who will issue legal Death Certificate to the sponsor. Sponsor will have to take copies of passport and copy of Iqama of the deceased person to the Ministry to get a death certificate in Saudi Arabia. He will have to fill and submit a form to the MOI at this stage. Recommended: Download form 60 to delete dependents from civil register

The sponsor now needs to contact the embassy of the deceased person in order to get approval either for burying or for transferring body to the native country.

After getting NOC from the Embassy, you can bury him in the land of Saudi Arabia.

In Case of Repatriation of Body from Saudi Arabia

If the body needs to be repatriated to the native country, the sponsor should go to Jawazat and surrender the Iqama to get Final Exit visa.

Following documents must be presented to transport the dead body to the respective country;

  • Copy of the deceased's passport, including entry visa
  • Copies of the deceased's Iqama (Residence Permit)
  • Copy of the death certificate or death report (with English translation)
  • Deceased's family home address, written in the Arabic Language
  • Approval from the deceased's embassy in Saudi Arabia
  • Medical report from the hospital with English translation
  • Copy of Power of Attorney from the legal heir with Arabic translation (signed and attested by Notary Public)
  • Police Report copy (only for unnatural deaths)
  • A letter from the sponsor regarding dues of the deceased.

In order to repatriate the dead body, the legal heirs need to present an affidavit to the office of the native country of a deceased person that they will collect the dead body immediately without any delay.

You also need to coordinate with a travel agency for travel arrangements to make reservations and arrangements to transport the remains.

In order to claim the benefits of the deceased person from his company, you need to follow another procedure which has been explained in this article. “Death Compensation Procedure

All Arabic documents must be accompanied by an English translation certified by the Embassy.  Airlines require five (5) certified copies of all documents relating to the death, and a letter from the Forensic Medical Office/Morgue.  Because obtaining the necessary papers and translations is a complex and bureaucratic undertaking, the Embassy does provide extensive procedural guidance.