COVID-19: Important information for visitors to our prisons

DCS is developing a road map to resume face-to-face domestic visits.

Face-to-face domestic visits to South Australian prisons remain paused in light of the risk posed from the COVID situation interstate.

Domestic visits are an important tool to prisoners in maintaining ties and relationship with their loved ones and DCS are working to develop a road map to resume face-to-face domestic visits.

The model will ensure that the resumption of domestic visits will be managed in a safe and secure manner for staff, prisoners and visitors.

More information will be provided when available. In the meantime, domestic visits will continue to be facilitated via Virtual (Zoom) where possible.

The decision to suspend face-to-face domestic visits was not made lightly but has been implemented as South Australia takes a cautious step to ease restrictions.

Face-to-face professional visits resumed as of 12.01am Wednesday 28 July 2021, however audio-visual link or telephone appointments should be used in the first instance. Professional visitors must wear a surgical mask when entering a South Australian prison.

The health and safety of our staff, prisoners, families, and the community remain our top priority.

​We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates when available.

Who does this apply to?

This applies to all visitors:

  • Family and friends​
  • Professional visitors

What are other ways I can contact a prisoner?

Prisoners have access to telephone facilities and are encouraged to stay in contact with family and friends.

You can also contact a prisoner by writing to them:

  • Prisoner name, ID number, and location if known
    Department for Correctional Services
    GPO Box 1747, Adelaide SA 5001.

More information

See COVID-19: Video visits for domestic visitors for further information.

For more information, see the COVID-19: important information for visitors to our prisons page.