COVID-safe in-person visits
Corrective Services NSW continues to have a variety of risk management measures in place to decrease the chance of COVID-19 entering our centres. It is vital that all visitors adhere to the COVID-19 visit rules to shield themselves, inmates and our staff from being exposed to, getting infected or re-infected with COVID-19. COVID-19 remains a serious health risk, particularly for those who are vulnerable and for those who have previously been infected with COVID-19.
Latest update: Visits return (Phase 5)
From 6 February 2023, new conditions will apply to in-person social visits. The new requirements are listed on this page.
For operational reasons, some centres might cancel their visits at short notice, or might not operate visits. We encourage all our visitors to contact the centre they intend to visit prior to travel to confirm the visit, and for advice on your arrival time.
Phase 5 allows inmates who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 to participate in in-person visits.
- Inmates who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 are eligible for an in-person visits
- Video visits will continue to be available at all correctional centres.
We will continue to review the impact of Phase 4 in consultation with NSW Health. If no issues are identified, we will seek approval to move to less restrictive conditions.
COVID-safe in-person visiting requirements
The safety of our staff and inmates remains our top priority. Correctional facilities are particularly vulnerable environments, and we all need to work together to reduce the risk of COVID-19 entering our centres.
All visitors must comply with safety measures, including RAS testing, screening, and hygiene practices.
COVID-safe in-person visiting requirements
- A maximum of six (6) visitors per inmate, including children of any age. A maximum of four (4) adult visitors permitted and visitors under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
- Permissible contact between visitors and inmates may now return to pre-COVID settings as per normal visits Local Operating Procedures.
- Visits will run for a maximum of 60 minutes and must be pre-booked.
- Members from the same household visiting the same inmate are not required to socially distance. Families are encouraged to maintain personal space from other groups. Children should be supervised by the parent/carer/inmate throughout the visit.
Rapid Antigen Screening (RAS) testing requirements
- Visitors aged five (5) years and above must undertake Rapid Antigen Screening (RAS) testing onsite prior to entry into the Correctional Centre. If required, accompanying adult visitor to supervise testing of children aged 5-11 years. Children aged 12-18 years old can administer the test themselves.
- Visitors 0-4 years old are permitted to visit and are not required to be RAS tested.
Mask and hygiene requirements
- Visitors 0-4 years old are permitted to visit and are not required to wear a mask.
- All inmates, and visitors aged five (5) years and above must wear a Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) supplied surgical face mask for the duration of the visit. The mask must completely cover the nose and mouth. No mask exemptions will be accepted.
- Masks may only be removed when actively eating or drinking.
- The visits area will be cleaned before and after each visit session, with a focus on commonly touched surfaces.
- Hand hygiene will be available in the form of hand sanitiser upon entry and exit for visitors. Visitors and inmates must sanitise or wash hands prior to the start of the visit and at the end of the visit.
Consumables and playground area
- At Local Management discretion:
- The consumption of food and drinks will be permitted during visits.
- Playgrounds are permitted to be open during visits.
Visitors will not be permitted entry to a NSW correctional centre for an in-person visit if they:
- Have COVID-19 symptoms
- Are waiting for a COVID-19 test result.
- Refuse a Rapid Antigen Screening (RAS) test at the point of entry
- Or anyone they have travelled with, or are intending to visit with, test positive on the RAS test.
- Have been exposed to COVID-19 unless they have completed their self-isolation and testing requirements.
- Have had high risk exposures (in accordance with Health Guidelines), they must not enter high risk settings for at least seven (7) days since their exposure to a COVID-19 positive person.
- Refuse to answer any screening questions.
Inmates are no longer required to be COVID-19 vaccinated. Inmates are still required to wear a surgical mask for the duration of the visit.
Frequently asked questions for visitors
Who does COVID-safe in-person visits apply to?
- COVID-Safe procedures apply to all in-person visitors.
- Legal and professional visitors must comply with the same entry requirements and local mitigations strategies regarding PPE, social distancing, box visits, and RAS testing as per CSNSW staff.
- Bookings for these visits should be made through existing procedures.
COVID-Safety measures – what you need to know
What safety measures apply to visits?
The safety measures on this page, including visit restrictions; Rapid Antigen Screening testing; mask and hygiene requirements; food, drink and playground areas; and encouraged vaccination, are in place to keep staff, inmates and visitors safe.
What happens if I ignore the safety measures?
These measures are in place to protect you, your loved one and our staff.
Failure to comply with the safety measures and instructions from staff may result in your visit being terminated and a potential ban may be put in place for a period to ensure the safety of staff and inmates can be maintained.
Are there limits to the number of people who can attend a visit?
Yes, six (6) people can attend a visit. A maximum of four (4) adult visitors are permitted, and visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Screening requirements – what you need to know
What is involved in the visitor screening process?
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 entering our correctional centres, we will be screening visitors before the normal visit processing occurs.
- This means you will be asked to verify your current health.
- You must undertake a RAS test.
- You will also be required to sanitise your hands and put on a surgical mask before entering the centre.
These measures are to identify any potential risks and to keep everyone safe.
Full body x-ray scanning has been introduced in a number of NSW correctional centres. Visitors attending a correctional centre may be required to undergo full body x-ray scanning
How long will the screening process take?
Prior to the date of your visit, please contact the correctional centre you are visiting for advice on your arrival time.
What if the person I am visiting with fails to meet the screening criteria, can the visit still go ahead with one visitor?
No. Unfortunately, neither of you will be permitted to visit and you will need to reschedule.
How can I book an in-person visit?
Visits can be booked over the phone by contacting the correctional centre directly: Contact a correctional centre or online via Just Connect.
How do I make a video visit booking?
Will inmates still have access to video visits?
Yes. As the risk of COVID-19 remains very real and we understand not everyone will meet the in-person visit requirements we will still be providing video visits.
06 Feb 2023