Prison visits suspended due to COVID-19 risk

The Government has announced strict new rules to help New Zealand stop the spread of COVID-19.

This means that from midnight on Monday 23 March, Corrections has made the very hard decision to temporarily stop prison visits because of COVID-19.

Visits from volunteers and researchers are also suspended.

We know how disappointing it is for people not to be able to see their loved ones, but COVID-19 is infectious and could spread quickly in a prison. We have to keep everyone safe from this sickness.

We will start visits again as soon as it is safe to do so.

Meanwhile, we are working hard to make sure family and friends can stay in touch with people in prison in other ways:

  • Prisoners will be given a $5 phone card every week until visits are back on
  • We are working on getting more phones for prisoners to use
  • We’re making it easier to email a prisoner – see the list of email addresses to send an email to someone in prison (a staff member will print it out and give it to the person). They can reply by post.

Thank you for helping us to keep everyone safe from COVID-19.

For more COVID-19 health advice and information

Call Healthline 0800 358 5453.

It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and has access to interpreters.