Important Notice - Suspension of All Family Visits (Professional visits remain unaffected):

  • The Irish Prison Service has announced that all physical visit to prison will cease with effect from close of business Friday 27th March 2020.
  • All future visits from prisons will be conducted using video calls.
  • Any physical family visits that have been booked to take place on or after Saturday 28th March 2020 has now been cancelled.
  • Arrangements are currently being made for the introduction of visits by video link/camera phone early next week.
  • Information on the new arrangements will be published on the Irish Prison Service website as soon as possible

What to expect when visiting a prison

Visit Restrictions

Contingency for reducing the risk of spread of



Please be advised that in consideration of Public Health advices the following further restriction is to be introduced across the Prisons Estate from Wednesday 25 March, 2020  namely –  All visits to prisoners are to be restricted to one adult per visit.

The other previously announced restrictions in relation to social distancing etc., remain in place.

The measures documented below are necessary to reduce risk of the virus to visitors, prisoners, prisoners’ families, staff and the wider community.

The Irish Prison Service, in line with the National Public Health Emergency Team (“NPHET”) and Government recommendations, and in the interests of the public health and the health and safety of our prisoners in our care, deems it appropriate and essential to introduce a programme of reduced access of visitors to the prison. These are pre-emptive measures to contain and decrease the likelihood of a potential spread of COVID-19 into the prison.

The following measures in respect of visitors to prisoners are being implemented from Saturday 14th March until otherwise advised:

  1. Visits will be restricted to 1 visit per prisoner per week.
  2. A limit of 2 adults per visit will apply.
  3. No under 18s will be admitted.
  4. Normal social distancing as advised by public health to apply including:
    • no kissing
    • no handshaking
    • sneezing and coughing into elbow sleeve
    • all visits conducted at a distance of 1 meter
  5. Visits will be time limited to 15 minutes per visit.
  6. Prisons will operate to a daily maximum of 80% of their visiting capacity.
  7. Visitors that appear to have flu like symptoms should be refused entry.

The Irish Prison Service continue to monitor the situation closely and act in line with Government and NPHET recommendations.

We recognise that such a step may be challenging for families and friends, but we are also cognizant of our priority and responsibility to protect the well-being of those in our care and those in our employment within the prison. The virus can be spread through community transmission and, within the confines of a prison, there is obviously an increased risk of a rapid spread of infection.

The Irish Prison Service are appealing that that members of the public carefully consider visiting the prison and refrain from visiting the Prisons unless absolutely necessary

Please check our website for updates.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


What to expect when visiting a prison?

All visitors can expect to be treated in a professional and courteous manner on arrival at the prison. Visitor will be directed to the prison reception in the visiting centre in the first instance. Visitor centres provide tea/coffee, toilet facilities, a play area for children and television.

Security Screening Area

In order to prevent the flow of contraband into the prison all visitors must pass through the Security Screening Area before being granted access to the prison. Airport style x-ray security scanners and metal detectors are used to screen all bags and personal belongings. Visitors may also be searched by staff using the hand held wand or by random pat down.

To see a video of our security screening process click the following link.

Visitors may also be screened by the passive drug detection dogs prior to being granted entry. Should the drug detection dog give an indication that the visitor has come into contact with drugs then a screened visit may be offered.

Visiting Room

When the visitor has passed through the security screening area they may then proceed to the visiting room where they will be directed by to the relevant booth.

Requesting a Visit

For details on requesting a family visit click here.

For details on requesting a professional visit click here.