How we help Prisoner and family support Help for prisoners and their families Visiting a Prison Abroad Many people want to visit their relative or friend in prison abroad, while others prefer not to. Before you go, think about whether: your relative or friend will want you to visit to take the children or not it’s right for you you can afford it it’s the right time to go Do you have a valid passport? Do you need to: organise childcare? go with someone on the trip? let your relative or friend in prison know you are coming? take your medication with you? get permission to visit? book a place to stay? Who can help? Prisoners Abroad may have some prison visiting information Prisoners Abroad may be able to put you in contact with others who have visited that prison or country Local consular staff may be able to help with visiting arrangements, depending on the country Before and during your visit: check what items you can take on the visit confirm your visit, if necessary be aware that the visit might affect you emotionally prepare some of the things you need to talk about during the visit After you come back: talk to someone about your visit, if that helps pass on practical details of your visit to Prisoners Abroad so that we have that information for others ‘I was put in touch with another family member whose son was in the same prison as my son and we made plans to go together; I don’t think I would have been able to do it on my own. I also made a friend and can’t thank Prisoners Abroad enough.’ Mother of a prisoner If you'd like to talk to us about visiting a relative or friend in prison, get in touch with us on 0808 172 0098 or email us at [email protected] and someone will get back to you as quickly as they can. Next page: What about the children?