Visits and Contact

New visiting rules in prison

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) we have changed our routines for visiting someone in prison or remand prison.

Read about the rules that apply to visiting someone in prison (in Swedish only)


Contact with prisoners in Sweden is possible by letter, telephone or through visits.

You can contact a prisoner by writing to them. Normally there’s no limit on the number of letters you can send. Most letters sent to and from prison are checked by prison staff.

Prisons cannot open letters from solicitors and courts except in special cases, eg if they suspect a letter isn’t really from a legal adviser.

Find a prisoner

If you don't know which prison your friend or relative is at, you can send an enveloped letter with the name and social security number of the prisoner, and put it in another envelope adressed to

Kriminalvården (Swedish Prison and Probation Service)
601 80 Norrköping

We will then forward the letter to the prisoner. If you write your name and address on the back of the outer envelope, we will send the letter back if the person you are looking for is not with us.


The prisoner can only use a prison phone to call, and only to numbers pre-approved by prison management.


To be able to visit a prisoner you have to be pre-approved by prison management. They will check your criminal record, ties to known criminal networks and whether you are the victim of a crime committed by the prisoner. Each prison has its' own visiting schedule.