Q. What are the days and time of visits?
A. The new schedule of visits is operational as from Monday the 4th of March 2019
Q. How many visitors are allowed per detainee?
A. On admission all detainees are allowed to declare five persons as next of kin. These five persons shall be deemed to be the authorised visitors of the detainee (untried and convicted).
Q. How many visitors are allowed per detainee at a time?
A. Not more than three visitors are allowed to visit a detainee at a time
Q. What is the length of a visit?
A. Visitors are allowed only
(i) 15 minutes for remand detainees
(ii) 15 minutes for convicted detainees on admission; and
(iii) 30 minutes for other convicted detainees.
There is no time limit on visits of Embassies and Consulates
Q. What are the main purpose of visits?
Detainees are given the chance to spend some quality time with their loved ones;
- Visits create positive relationship and strengthen family ties between detainees and their loved ones;
- Visits reduce stress, boredom, isolation and uplift self-esteem of detainees during incarceration period;
- Visits and Privileged Visits encourage detainees to adhere to the rules and regulations of the prison;
Detainees do not feel left out by their loved ones and are motivated to redress their offending behaviour
to become useful citizens once released.
Q. What are the different types of visits?
A: The different types of vists are:
When a detainee and a visitor are separated by glass/bars and cannot make physical
when a detainee and a visitor are allowed physical contact. During such visits,
detainees and visitors are seated on opposite sides of the table.
when detainees are allowed to converse with their relatives via video conferencing.
Such visits are normally granted to foreigners and only upon application approved by the Officer-in-Charge
to Mauritian detainees.
visits are allowed between detainees incarcerated in different prisons. Prior
to inter-institutional visits, the visits have to be approved. As
far as practicable, all inter-institutional visits are skype-visits held on Wednesdays. Where female
detainees are allowed to visit male detainees, the visits take place in the male prison and in the presence of a female officer. Such visits are granted subject to confirmation of the visitors being near
Visit to foreign detainees
When a foreign detainee requests to be visited by his relatives calling in Mauritius, clearance must be
obtained from police prior to allowing such visits. Particulars of the visitors such as names, true and exact
copies of passport and proof of relationship must be received well in advance for onward transmission
to the Commissioner of Police.
Visit from Embassies/Consulates
Requests for Visits by Embassies/Consulates are received at the Commissioner’s Office. Only after
the Commissioner has given his approval that such visits are allowed.
Visits of Barristers
On line applications duly filled by barristers should reach the Office of the Commissioner of Prison at
least 48 hours (2 working days) prior to the set date of visit as per established procedures. After approval is received, the visit is allowed.