Visit someone in prison

Because of coronavirus (COVID-19), there are restrictions around visiting someone in prison in England or Wales. You will need to contact the prison you would like to visit to find out what you need to do.

There are other ways to stay in touch with someone in prison.

There are different rules if you’re in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

If you’re eligible to visit

Contact the prison to arrange a visit.

When you must not visit

You cannot visit someone in prison if:

If you’re visiting in a group

Contact the prison to check how many people are allowed to visit.

Physical contact with someone in prison

Children under 11 can have physical contact with someone in prison.

Some prisons might also let you (and other visitors aged 11 or over) have physical contact with someone in prison. You’ll need to test negative for COVID-19 on the day of the prison visit.