Staying in touch with someone in prison

5. Visiting someone in prison

You can make an online request to visit someone in prison in most cases.

For the prisons you can’t request a visit online you must contact the prison to find out about:

  • their facilities, for example to check accessibility if you’re disabled
  • what happens on the day

Prisons have different rules on things like when and how often you can visit - and the number of visitors allowed at the same time.

You can only visit a prisoner if they’ve added you to their visitor list. The prison will contact you once you’re on this list.

Get help with the cost of visiting someone

You might be able to get help paying for a prison visit, for example travel costs, if you’re receiving certain benefits.

How often you can visit someone in prison

A convicted prisoner is allowed at least two 1-hour visits every 4 weeks.

A prisoner on remand (waiting for their trial) is allowed three 1-hour visits a week.

If you live a long way from the prison, you may be able to make longer visits, but less often.