Because of coronavirus (COVID-19), you cannot currently visit someone in prison in England or Wales. There are other ways to stay in touch with someone in prison.
You may be able to agree a visit in advance on compassionate grounds. Contact the prison to check.
You can still:
- visit children in the Youth Custody Service (YCS)
- make legal visits if they cannot be done remotely
If you’re eligible to visit
Contact the prison to arrange a visit. You must follow social distancing rules.
When you must not visit
You cannot visit someone in prison, even if you’re eligible, if:
Who can visit
To visit someone in prison you must be aged 18 or over, or under 18 and accompanied by an eligible adult.
You must also be either:
- a partner, parent, sibling, child, foster-parent, grandparent
- a carer or someone who the prisoner relies on for emotional support
If you’re visiting a young offender institute or secure training centre, you can also visit if you’re a social worker for looked after children.
If you’re visiting in a group
You can visit a prison with:
- up to one other adult and one child from your household
- 2 children from your household, if you’re visiting without another adult
- the other parent of your child in custody, if you live apart