Visiting detainees at Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre (IRC)

Please note, the following info is just for guidance,

If there is a significant change, please let others in the group know.

Up to one week before

Book the visit by calling 01522 666819 (open 7 days a week from 9.30-12.30).

This is strongly recommended as you may not be allowed in if all the tables are booked. You will need to give your full name, address, and the name and detention number of the detainee you are visiting. If you are travelling by train this is when you need to tell Morton Hall. They will arrange and pay for a return taxi.

The day before

If possible call the person in detention before the visit to make sure that they haven’t been moved and they are still happy for you to go.

On the day

You will need to take:

  • photo ID (passport, driving licence);
  • recent proof of your address. If you don’t have bills through your letterbox Morton Hall does accept downloaded and printed ones.
  • a £1 coin to leave your things in a locker (personal possessions cannot be taken into the visiting area). You are also allowed to take cash for use at the tea bar inside the visitor hall.

At the centre: It takes quite a while to actually get to see the person you are visiting.

  • First you have to go to the Visitor Centre on the right of the car park to register your visit.
  • You have to give the surname of the person you’re visiting and show your photo ID and proof of address.
  • They give you a visitor’s pass which you need to take with your ID and proof of address to the guard at the main gate.
  • You are then escorted to a room where you can put your personal belongings in a locker, and where you will have a pat-down search (similar to airport-style and should be gender appropriate), and get a visitor’s wrist band put on (if you are male).
  • You’re then escorted to the visitors room and need to wait for the person in detention to be brought in. As part of this process be aware there may on occasions be security/sniffer dogs working and interacting with visitors before entry.

The visitors room is a fairly pleasant room with a kids play area, coffee and tea facilities (you can take in a few quid in change to spend), windows, etc.

Visiting hours (social) :

Mon – 1.30-4.30

Tues 1.30 – 4.30

Wednesday 1.30-4.30

Thursday 1.30 – 8.15

Friday 1.30 – 4.30

Saturday 1.30 – 4.30

Sunday 1.30 – 4.30 & 5.30 – 8.30



Visiting is not possible on Christmas or Boxing day.

Taking items to people in detention

The person in detention you’re visiting may (at your discretion) want you to bring stuff (personal items e.g. clothes) in for them. This isn’t likely to be a problem with the centre, but it is essential that the person in detention informs the centre authorities at least 24 hours before your visit that they have requested you to do that. If they haven’t done so, you will have to take the stuff away again.


Up to 3 people can visit one person in detention in the same session. As volunteers we usually visit in one-to-one sessions unless a new visitor is being trained and is shadowing another visitor.


Morton Hall immigration removal centre

Also see the UKBA website for up-to-date information.