Visit a prisoner

Rules for visiting

COVID-19 vaccination rules for prison visits

From Saturday 13 November 2021, adult prisoners and visitors must show proof of having the COVID-19 vaccine to take part in social visits. Read below for more information.

The following rules apply for adult prisoners and visitors taking part in social visits at:

  • Darwin Correctional Centre
  • Alice Springs Correctional Centre
  • Barkly Work Camp
  • Datjala Work Camp Nhulunbuy.


All prisoners must:

  • have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 13th November 2021
  • be fully vaccinated by 25th December.


To visit a correctional facility, visitors aged 12 and over must:

  • have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 13th November 2021
  • be fully vaccinated by 25th December.

Before you can enter

In addition to other screening requirements, you must show proof of your vaccination to correctional staff.

You can do this through:

  • a COVID-19 digital certificate
  • your immunisation history certificate.

For other ways to show proof, go to the Australian Government’s Services Australia website.

Other rules

All premises are smoke-free. Tobacco is considered contraband, and you will be banned if you smoke anywhere on the premises or if you are found with tobacco.

You cannot leave children under the age of 18 in the waiting area or outside unattended.

Getting there

There is no public transport to the Darwin or Alice Springs Correctional Centres.

You must use your own transport or catch a taxi.

The Salvation Army shuttle bus to Darwin Correctional Centre is not currently operating.

This service will start again once physical distancing measures change.

For more information call 08 8945 1947.


Your clothes must be clean and in good condition.

You must wear footwear, which can be:

  • sandals
  • runners
  • thongs
  • dress shoes.

What you can't wear

You are not allowed to wear any of the following:

  • clothes that have obscene or offensive words, pictures or diagrams
  • gang colours or symbols
  • tight or revealing clothing
  • hats
  • sunglasses
  • jewellery - only wedding bands and religious pendant necklaces are allowed
  • singlets - except for children under 12 years of age
  • watches
  • steel capped boots or shoes
  • stiletto and high heel shoes.

If you don’t follow these rules you won’t be allowed in.

If you haven’t visited the centre before, you must arrive 1 hour before your scheduled time.

If you have been before, you must arrive 45 minutes before your scheduled time. This will allow time for security checks and drug screening.

If you fail to arrive on time you will not be able to visit.

You will have to either:

  • wait for the next session
  • or reschedule for another day.

Lockers are available to store personal items such as keys and wallets.

If you have a baby, you can only bring the following:

  • one nappy
  • one clear baby bottle
  • one unopened pouch or plastic container of baby food
    • no glass containers are allowed
  • individual baby wipes.

What you can't bring

You cannot bring any of the following:

  • letters, unless you have prior approval
  • paper work, unless you have prior approval
  • strollers
  • toys or games
  • cigarettes
  • alcohol
  • drugs
  • mobile phones
  • cameras
  • weapons
  • electronic devices
  • glass or ceramics
  • aerosol cans
  • ring pull cans
  • pets.

If you are found with banned items you will be refused entry and possibly banned for a period of time. In serious cases the police may be called.

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Last updated: 09 November 2021

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