Death of a U.S. Citizen

The death of an American citizen in Dubai or in the Northern Emirates should be reported to the American Citizen Services section of the U.S. Consulate General. In the event that a U.S. citizen dies unattended, the ACS section can help verify the citizenship and identity of the deceased and notify the next of kin of the death. Whether the U.S. citizen died attended by family and friends or alone, the U.S. Consulate General can assist with arrangements for the disposition of the remains. All costs are the responsibility the family as the U.S. Consulate does not have funds available to pay for the return of remains or other costs associated with funeral arrangements.

Upon completion of all formalities, the American Citizen Services section will prepare a Report of Death of an American Citizen based on the local death certificate and the deceased’s passport. This document is an administrative report that provides essential facts concerning the death of the U.S. citizen and custody of the personal estate of the deceased. Copies are provided to the next of kin or legal representative for use in U.S. courts to settle estate matters.

CDC requirements for importing human remains depend upon if the body has been embalmed, cremated, or if the person died from a quarantinable communicable disease.

At this time, COVID-19 is a quarantinable communicable disease in the United States and the remains must meet the standards for importation found in 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part 71.55 and may be cleared, released, and authorized for entry into the United States only under the following conditions:

  • The remains are cremated; OR
  • The remains are properly embalmed and placed in a hermetically sealed casket; OR
  • The remains are accompanied by a permit issued by the CDC Director. The CDC permit (if applicable) must accompany the human remains at all times during shipment.
    • Permits for the importation of the remains of a person known or suspected to have died from a quarantinable communicable disease may be obtained through the CDC Division of Global Migration and Quarantine by calling the CDC Emergency Operations Center at 770-488-7100 or emailing dgmqpolicyoffice@cdc.gov.

Please see CDC’s guidance for additional information.

To read the report of disposition of remains, see the following link: Dubai (PDF 123 KB)