Oman: Proper documents important for early
repatriation of bodies
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Times of Oman,
There many reasons which can delay
the repatriation bodies of expatriates to their home countries, authorities have
said. Talking in context of the Bahla road accident victims, they said that the
delay was caused because one of the deceased’s passport had expired.
“Another victim had arrived in Oman just ten days ago and hadn't received his
resident card. We were, however, able to repatriate the bodies within four days
of the accident,” said P M Joy, Indian Embassy-appointed consul in Nizwa.
P M Jabir, community welfare secretary, Indian Social Club, said, “If procedures
and guidelines are followed properly, the process is easy. Compared to other GCC
states, Oman has one of the best systems in place.”
ROP’s emigration and customs clearance is required to flow the body back home.
According to an ROP official, taking the body to the ROP Hospital in Qurm, which
has its own emigration and customs departments, speeds up the process.
The official said that a post-mortem examination is done depending on request by
the victim's kith or kin.
“However, the concerned embassy can request or the police can conduct it on its
own to ascertain if the death occurred under mysterious circumstances.
"A Public Prosecution clearance is needed for conducting the post-mortem and the
examination is avoided in cases of road accident deaths.”
Aboobacker, general secretary, Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre, said, “The
victim's kin should be careful when they receive the death notification from the
The column on the cause of the death should be appropriately filled, failing
which repatriation can be delayed. The passport, employer's letter and a letter
from the local police station are some of the other documents required.
Speaking to Muscat Daily, a senior official at Oman Aviation Services (OAS), a
part of Oman Air, which handles Muscat International Airport's cargo service,
said that at least 28 bodies are repatriated every month.
He said that OAS takes responsibility of the human remains or body at the
airport and coordinates with concerned airlines. “Embalming of the body,
clearances from the concerned embassy and ROP, and death certificates are
necessary before airlifting the body or human remains.”