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Information for close relatives

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Booking a visit

Visits may be booked by calling  (+47) 23 30 19 80.
The phone is open Monday-Friday, 09:00-11:00

Visits can also be booket by e-mail at:

NOTE: When you order a visit by mail a phone number must be given so we can call you back. You can not come visit until you have received an order confirmation from us. 

Visiting hours for normal visits

Mandag 09:30 - 11:00 17:00 - 18:00
Only Red Cross

Tirsdag 9:30-11:00 14:15 - 15:45 17:00 - 18:00 19:15 - 20:15
Onsdag 09:30 - 11:00 18:00 - 19:00
Only Red Cross
Torsdag 09:30 - 11:00 14:15 - 15:45 17:00 - 18:00 19:15 - 20:15
Fredag 09:30 - 11:00
Lørdag 11:15 - 12:15 15:00 - 16:00
Søndag 11:15 - 12:15 15:00 - 16:00

Visits behind glass will be held 10:00 -11: 00 on weekdays and 15:30 - 16:30 Saturday and Sunday.

Security clearance of visitors
Before you can be permitted to visit the prison you must first be cleared for this through security checks.

Department B

Application visit permit

On the basis of the findings from the security checks conducted by the police, through inspection of their registers, the prison will then establish which control measures are required for the visits. In worst case, the person applying for a visit can be refused permission to visit.

Visit refusals apply for persons who, during the previous five years have either been fined, convicted or suspected for breaches of laws applying to the use of medicines, and for laws associated with drugs / narcotics. Such visiting refusals do not normally apply to close relatives (next of kin) who will be granted permission to visit through a glass partition.

All visitors, except children under 15 years, must be security-cleared.

Glass partitions
Glass partitions, as a control measure, are used for close relatives (next of kin: partners, parents, brothers and sisters, etc.) who, during the last five years have been either fined, convicted or charged with breaches of laws applying to the use of medicines, and for laws associated with drugs / narcotics. 

Mobile telephones
Visitors are not permitted to take mobile telephones with them into the Visits Department.

Newspapers, magazines, journals, letters or other personal property
Visitors may hand over a limited number of newspapers, magazines, journals, or similar items.

All property must normally be sent by post. Where visits are from abroad, exceptions to this general rule may be permitted; however this must first be clarified by the visitor when booking the visit. 

It is not permitted to hand over letters during visits.

Visitors are not permitted to bring food with them from outside the prison. Hot drinks, chocolate and mineral waters may be purchased from vending machines in the Visit Department.

Number of visits
We try our best to offer all inmates two visits per week. However, due to capacity limitations, it is important that visitors plan the booking of visits together with the inmate, in order for the inmate to be able to receive the visits he wishes to have.  A maximum of three persons may visit at the same time.

Extended visits
Extended visits are given primarily to visitors who have a long journey to the prison and who can only visit once a week.They are also granted to visitors from abroad.

When you arrive for your visit
Arrive 10 minutes before your approved visiting time begins in order to avoid using part of your visit period to security checks.
All visitors must present valid identification such as a driver's licence, bank-card, passport or similar documentation.
Student ID cards, business cards, seasonal tickets for public transport or similar documentation will not be accepted as proof of identity. Visitors not recognised by prison staff, and who are unable to show approved proof of identity, will be refused permission to visit. (demands for proof of identity do not apply to children below 15 years)

Outer garments (coats, etc.), as well as other personal items on your possession, will be placed in a cloakroom locker.

Visitors may only bring coins, their locker key and the visiting number plate into the Visit Hall during the visit. 
Exceptions to this may include e.g. post giro forms, letters of authorisation or other papers where it is required that the inmate signs for receipt of. Similarly, dummies and milk-bottles for babies may also be permitted taken into the Visiting Hall.

All visitors are security cleared using a metal detector. Random checks with drugs sniffer dogs are also administered.

Monitoring during the visit
Visits will be conducted under the supervision of prison staff. Behaviour that is regarded as offensive by other visitors or suspicious security wise will be reported. Visits will be terminated if the inmate does not comply with instructions given.

Serious circumstances may result in either the temporary cancellation of future visiting arrangements or a decision to conduct future visits through a glass partition.

An inmate's own children below 16 years must be accompanied by an adult during the visit.
Children in the age-range 16 -18 years may visit their father unaccompanied by an adult; their relationship with the inmate must be documented in connection with security clearance procedures for visiting arrangements. Permission from the child's closest relative (mother / guardian) is required prior to approving the visit.

It is only permitted to partake of food and drinks
purchased from our vending machines during your
visit. Please remember to bring coins!