HMP Thameside - Visits Information


All visitors must bring identification with them and be able to clearly identify themselves to be the person they are claiming to be. Photographic ID is required for first time visitors as well as proof of address.

The following forms of PHOTO identification are acceptable:

  • Passport (maximum one year out of date)
  • Valid Photo Driving Licence
  • Photo Senior Citizens Public Transport Pass
  • Annual Public Transport Season Ticket Photo Bearing (must be in date)
  • Employers ID Card which must show; name of visitor, employers name, photograph of bearer
  • Photo European ID Card
  • Young Persons Proof of Age Card (Zip oyster cards accepted)
  • Babies Red Book
  • Birth Certificate (For Under 18s)
  • Old Style Driving Licence
  • Foreign Identity or Residence card

The following is the only PROOF OF ADDRESS that is acceptable:

  • Bill/Bank statement with address that matches visitors details (dated within the last 3 Months)

Unauthorised Items

  • Drugs of any Kind
  • Mobile Phones
  • Food and/or Drink
  • Weapons
  • Sunglasses
  • Metal Hair Slides
  • Lighters/Matches
  • Bluetac
  • Push Chairs
  • Watches
  • Nappies and/or Wipes
  • Chewing Gum
  • Electrical/Electronic Items
  • Bags of Any Kind
  • Cigarettes
  • Any Tools
  • Badges/Pins
  • Hats/Gloves/Scarfs
  • Photographs
  • Liquids of Any Kind
  • £20 Notes (Maximum of £20.00 is allowed in to the Visits Hall)

Note: Baby milk is only permitted for children under 1 years.

Disclaimer: This is by no means a complete list and is reviewed regularly. You may be refused a visit if staff deem an item to fall into one or more of these catagories.

Tag Information

Any offender with tagging licence conditions must write into the Director requesting permission to visit. This will be considered and a formal written response will be send to the offender clarifying the decision. If cleared to visit the offender must be in possession of the licence on arrival. The conditions will be assessed prior to entry to ensure the offender is not in breach of conditions by entering the Establishment. If the offender is not in possession of the licence they will not be granted access to visit until the conditions have been seen.

Visitors Dress Code


  • No short or cropped tops that reveal naked midriff
  • No coats or jackets
  • No items with hoods
  • No see-through tops or tops that expose cleavage
  • No sports shirts with team logos
  • No backless tops
  • No body warmers
  • No shawls


  • No mini-skirts unless legs are suitably covered
  • Shorts and skirts must be over knee length
  • Only one pair of trousers/shorts
  • Leggings must not be see through, rear half covered by top
  • No see-through legwear or skirts
  • Jeans need to be pulled up around the waist
  • No ripped jeans


  • No sunglasses
  • No watches
  • No scarfs
  • No gloves
  • No jewellery that poses a health and safety risk, e.g bracelets with sharp edges
  • No hats or head wear unless it can be verified by a member of the team or religious reasons
  • No item of clothing considered to be bearing offensive or racist print


  • No over-the-knee boots
  • No Stilettos (mid heels are acceptable)
  • No steel toe caps

Other Forbidden Items

  • No tissues
  • No ID's e.g passport, driving license etc
  • No car keys
  • No wallets
  • No glasses cases
  • No hankerchiefs or cloths

Disclaimer: This is by no means a complete list and is reviewed regularly. You may be refused a visit if staff deem an item to fall into one or more of these catagories.