To visit a prisoner you need to have an invitation to visit. Invitation to visit is given either by phone conversation, text message, letter or email at least 24 hours prior to visit.
An invitation to visit can be initiated by the prisoner or by the person wishing to visit the prisoner.
Invitation by a prisoner is made when the prisoner lodges a visit form with the visit officer.
Invitation can be initiated by the prospected visitor by calling the visit officer and telling the visit officer of the intention to be invited for visit. The visit officer will communicate the intention to the prisoner and if the prisoner agrees to receive the visit the visit officer will contact the prospected visitor to extend an invitation to visit.
What identification do I need to be granted access to the prison?
You will need one form of photo identification from the list below:
valid driver's licence
any identification card (with photo) issued by a government organization
What can't I take into the prison?
The following items cannot be taken into the prison:
Drugs, alcohol or any other contraband
knives, blades or any item that can be used as a weapon
mobile telephones or other communication devices
personal carry bags, briefcases etc
If you are not sure whether an item can be taken into the prison, please clarify prior to coming to the prison by contacting the visit officer on 4381600 or 4303644 for DRF or 4324770 for RDR Camp.
The Superintendent may, on a case by case basis, override the provisions of this section.
Can I bring children when I visit a family member or friend in prison?
Yes, as long as they are supervised by a parent or guardian of 18 years of age or older and no restriction on access to children applies to the prisoner.
No more than two children are permitted per prisoner per visit.
What facilities are available for children when visiting prisons?
Prisoners with children visitors can have their visit in the prison playground.
Children are to be under the control and supervision of an accompanying adult visitor at all times. Children may sit on the visitor's or prisoner's lap as long as no restriction on access to children applies to the prisoner.
How often can I visit and how many people can visit one prisoner at any one time?
Visit frequency depends on whether the prisoner is remanded or convicted and whether the prisoner is on work program.
A remanded prisoner can receive visit once every week and a convicted prisoner can receive visit once every month. A convicted prisoner who is on work program can receive visit fortnightly.
Prisoners can receive two adult and two children visitors per visit.
How long does a visit last for?
A visit lasts a maximum of one hour.
What are my contact options if I am a foreigner wishing to contact my family who is a foreigner in the Seychelles prison?
International phone calls and video call are available to foreign prisoners.
Foreign prisoners are granted 10 minutes phone or video call upon admission and 10 minutes every month thereafter. Only the prisoner can choose who he/she wants to contact.
Is there certain behavior and a dress code that applies?
Yes. Please take note of the following rules, where you must:
provide your correct names and address to the visit officer
be in proper, non-revealing attire
present a photo identification
subject to search of the person and or properties
not be under the influence of intoxicating liquor or illicit drugs
not cause disturbance
not be a party to the commission of a prison offence by a prisoner, staff or any other visitor to the prison
take or attempt to take any items into or off the prison premise
not commit an offence under the Prisons Act or the Prison Regulations or against any Orders issued by the Superintendent of the Prisons
not commit an offence either on prison ground or directly related to the prison, under any laws of the Seychelles
Are there lockers available for my belongings?
Unauthorized items can be placed in the secure lockers at the prison. The security officers will direct you to the lockers.
Can I get banned from visiting a prison?
Noncompliance to the rules of visit by either visitors or prisoners will result in immediate termination of the visit and can result in a visit ban for up to three months.
All visit bans are communicated to the banned visitor through a letter or email.
Are conjugal visits allowed?
The Seychelles prisons do not allow conjugal visits.