Disposition of remains report

Last updated November 15, 2019

Part I. Name of Country:

Part II. U.S. Embassy or Consulate Information
U.S. Embassy N’Djamena Chad
Rond Point Chagoua B.P 413
Phone: +235 22-51-50-17
Fax: N/A
After Hours Phone: + 235 63 51 78 00
Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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Part III.  Profile of Religions of the Host Country and Religious Services available to visitors

A variety of customs, languages and traditions among Chad’s 200 distinct ethnic groups give the country a rich diversity.  The dominant ethnic groups in the northern and central part of the country are Arabs and Gorane (Toubou, Daza, Kreda), Zaghawa, Kanembou, Ouaddai, Baguirmi, Hadjerai, Boulala, Fulbé, and Kotoko most of whom are Muslim.  They practice traditional Muslim burial rights of burying their dead within 24 hours of death or as soon as possible.  In the south, Sara (Ngambaye, Mbaye, Goulaye), Moundang, Moussey, and Massa, most of whom are Christian or Animist, practice traditional and Christian burial rights of burying the dead after several days.

Part IV.  Funeral Directors, Mortician and Related Services Available in the Host Country:  Major mortuaries used by U.S. citizens

The main morgue in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, belongs to the government hospital L’Hôpital Général de Référence Nationale (HGRN) located across from the Monument Eboué. Phone numbers for HGRN are: 22 51 61 45/ 66 49 03 95/ 99 85 90 72/ 77 49 03 95.  The French military medical facility at the Epérvier base and the Catholic center  “Centre Technique d’Apprentissage et de Perfectionnement”—CTAP (Technical Centre for Apprenticeship and Further Training)have morgues that are open to the public in N’Djamena.  In addition, Hôpital La Renaissance provides mortuary services to the Chadian community.

Other major cities such as Moundou, Sarh, Abeché have morgues but operate very poorly.  Morgues are generally over-crowded and operate below Western standards.  Lack of dependable electricity in Chad particularly affects operations.

DISCLAIMER:  The U.S. Embassy in N’Djamena Chad assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following persons or firms.  Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance.  Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the funeral directors, morticians and other service providers.

Part V.  Profile of services available in the host country regarding preparation and shipment of remains:

  1. Maximum Period before Burial:
    When Remains Are Embalmed:  Under Chadian law, there is no maximum period before burial when remains are embalmed.
    When Remains Are Not Embalmed:  Non-embalmed remains are normally buried within 24 hours.
  2. Embalming:
    Embalming facilities are located at N’Djamena’s
    General Hospital, Hôpital La Renaissance, the French military’s medical facility at the Epérvier base, and at the Catholic Center (CTAP).
    Even though there is no maximum period before burial when remains are embalmed, embalming should be performed within 24 hours of death.
  3. Cremation:
    There are no cremation facilities in Chad.
  4. Caskets and Containers:
    Wooden caskets are available locally, but must meet the general requirements of the shipment of remains office, located at N’Djamena Hassan Djamous International Airport, as each airline has different rules for custodial care and casket requirements. Caskets can also be ordered from outside of Chad.
  5. Exportation of Remains:
    To transport remains out of Chad, a large amount of documentation is required.From the physician:
    A. Certificate on cause and manner of death (Certificats Médicaux de Cause de décès et de Genre de mort) which costs $30.00.
    B. Physician’s report of death (Rapport sur l’etat du cadavre et cause du décès) which costs $30.00.
    C. Physician’s certification that remains are not contagious (Certificat de Non Contagion) which costs $40.00.
    Note: Total estimate of the physician service is $100.00.From the police:
    D. Police report, if police transport body to the morgue (Procès verbal de saisine après transport sur les lieux et constation)From the mayor’s office:
    E. Death certificate (Acte de Décès)
    F. Authorization to place remains in the coffin (Arrêté Municipal de Mise en Bière). A letter of request must be sent to the mayor with copies of the above certificates attached.From the Ministry of the Interior:
    G. Order for remains transfer (Arrêté de Transfert de la Depouille Mortelle). A request letter must be sent to the Ministry of Interior including copies of the certificates A-E above, and copy of the cancelled passport of the deceased.

    H. An affidavit assuming responsibility for the airfreight cost. (Prise en charge des frais de transport du corps jusqu’à la ville ou le corps sera inhumé)
    I. A hygiene certificate and transportation authorization issued by the Chief of Sanitation. The cost for this service is $100.00. (Certificat Sanitaire et Autorisation du Transport du Corps)
    J. A burial permit from the city where the remains will be buried.
    K. Police report attesting to placement of remains in the coffin. This is issued by a judicial police officer after the remains have been placed in the coffin in the presence of the Chief of Sanitation, the Consul, one or two representatives of the deceased and the police officer.

  6. Costs:
    Local burial: There is no commercial undertaker service in Chad. All local burials must be arranged privately. Cemetery space is free, but about 10 unskilled laborers must be hired locally to dig the grave (about $120.00). Local wooden caskets costs range from $250-$1500.
    Cremation: There are no cremation facilities in Chad.
    Embalming: US $100.00 for embalming and $50.00 per day for cold storage (first three days); $75.00 per day (fourth to ninth day) and $125.00 per day (tenth day).Preparation and shipment of remains (including containers):
    (a) Wooden casket: US $500.00
    (b) Soldering of casket: US $250.00
    (c) Shipping container: US $350.00
    (d) Transportation to airport: US $150.00
    Total: US $1,250.00Add to this the shipping costs by air:
    N’Djamena – New York: US $50.00 per kilogram
    N’Djamena – Washington, DC: US $50.00 per kilogram (approximate)
    N’Djamena – Chicago: US$ 50.00 per kilogram
    N’Djamena – Los Angeles: US$ 50.00 per kilogram
    One must factor in the weight of the casket and container, as well as the weight of the remains to determine the final shipping cost.
  7. Exhumation and Shipment:
    Chadian law permits exhumation of a body to be shipped to the US. A letter of request for disinterring and shipment of remains to the US must be sent to the mayor’s office, along with copies of death certificate and the deceased’s cancelled passport. The Office of the Mayor issues an authorization for disinterring the body. Since there is no professional exhumation service, local laborers must be hired to exhume the remains (lump sum for unskilled labor is about US$75.00). The exhumation must be done in presence of a judicial police officer, the Chief of Sanitation, and a representative of the deceased and/or an Embassy officer.
  8. Remarks:
    Because all facilities for disposition of remains (other than for local burial) are located in N’Djamena, there will be additional transportation costs for deaths outside the capital.