Tasmania Prison Service

Visit a prisoner / remandee

The Tasmania Prison Service (TPS) encourages family and friends to keep in touch with prisoners and remandees while they are in custody.

Keeping in contact with people in the community can help to support the remandee or prisoner while in custody and is also important in helping ex-prisoners to readjust to life in the community when they are released.

Changes to visiting due to COVID-19

This information is current as of 11 April 2022.

  • Effective from 11 April 2022, all personal contact visits have been temporarily cancelled.
  • This is a temporary measure to minimise the risk of COVID-19 spreading through prison facilities.
  • The TPS recognises that pausing contact visits is difficult for prisoners as well as their families and friends, however, it is a necessary step to keep everyone in the prison safe.
  • At this stage it is unclear how long this change will be in place for but this page will be updated as more information is available and/or the situation changes.
  • Zoom (virtual) visits are still available.
  • To book a Zoom visit contact the Visitor Reception Centre on (03) 6165 7400.  Select option 1 for a personal visit (family/friends) or option 2 for a professional visit (legal representative, for example).

We apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your ongoing patience and understanding.

When contact visits recommence, visitors will be required to complete a symptoms checklist. Visitors who are symptomatic must not attend the prison site.

Proof of vaccination

As at the 28 January 2022, all visitors (aged 12 years and above) must have received, as a minimum, both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

When contact visits recommence, you will be required to show proof of your vaccination status on arrival at the VRC and on each occasion that you visit. If you do not have proof of vaccination then you will be unable to participate in your visit.

The following ways of proving your vaccination status are acceptable:

  • certificate on your Check In TAS app
  • certificate downloaded from myGov to your smartphone
  • printed copy of your Immunisation history statement showing your COVID-19 vaccinations. Use this document to also show your vaccination exemption.

People with medical exemptions are also able to visit if you can provide a completed Australian Immunisation Register medical exemption form. This must be signed by your doctor.

Book a visit

Please choose a prison to learn how to book a visit, along with the answers to many other frequently asked questions.

Risdon Prison Complex

Ron Barwick Prison

Mary Hutchinson Women's Prison

Hobart Reception Prison

Launceston Reception Prison

Rules and requirements when visiting

The TPS has many rules to ensure the safety of the public, prisoners, remandees and staff. The rules can change from time to time and can vary from facility to facility. For that reason any instruction you receive directly from the prison or Correctional Officers overrides what you read on this website and must be followed.

Along with the prison pages listed above, the following pages contain useful information:

What to expect when you visit a prison

What you can bring to the visit

Children visiting

All of the rules and requirements outlined on this website can be overwhelming when you first visit, so you can download a printable PDF copy of the visit rules if you wish.

Arranging a Visit and General Information Video

Visitor Application Form

Family and friends need to become approved visitors before booking a visit. Click here to lodge a Visitor Application Form.

Updated: 4th April 2022