Visits are made subject to prior arrangement of an appointment.

Please arrange an appointment directly with the visitors' department when visiting or


  • via telephone (in German language) under 0251-2374-280: Telephone service available Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 8:30-9am and 11:30am - 12:30pm
  • or via email under besuch@jva-muenster.nrw.de

Appointments will only be arranged for visitors who have been named in advance by the respective inmate and approved by the facility. 

In order to be able to make a visit, it is imperative that you arrive on time.

We offer the following visiting hours for prisoners and remand prisoners:

Day

Time of admission
Group 1

Visiting time
Group 1
Time of admission
Group 2
Visiting time
Group 2
Time of admission
Group 3
Visiting time
Group 3
Monday 09:00 - 09:30 am 09:40 - 10:50 am 12:45 - 1:15 pm 1:25 - 2:35 pm --------------- ---------------
Thursday 09:00 - 09:30 am 09:40 - 10:50 am 12:45 - 1:15 pm 1:25 - 2:35 pm --------------- ---------------
Wednesday --------------- --------------- --------------- --------------- --------------- ---------------
Thursday 09:00 - 09:30 am 09:40 - 10:50 am 12:45 - 1:15 pm 1:25 - 2:35 pm --------------- ---------------
Friday 09:00 - 09:30 am 09:40 - 10:50 am 12:45 - 1:15 pm 1:25 - 2:35 pm --------------- ---------------

In addition, visiting hours are also offered on Saturdays and Sundays on every fourth weekend of the month:

Saturday

8:20 – 8:50 am

9:00 – 10:10 am

10:30 – 11:00 am

11:10 am – 12:20 pm

12:40 – 1:10 pm

1:20 – 2:30 pm

Sunday

8:20 – 8:50 am

9:00 – 10:10 am

10:30 – 11:00 am

11:10 am – 12:20 pm

12:40 – 1:10 pm

1:20 – 2:30 pm

 Upon entering the facility, please have your valid ID (identity card or passport) ready.

Any person entering a JVA (Justizvollzugsanstalt – correctional facility) must undergo a personal inspection. Persons with cardiac devices are requested to ask staff before the check.

When do I need a permit?

  • If you wish to visit a remand prisoner, you will need a written visit permit if the court or the public prosecutor's office has ordered corresponding restrictions. You will obtain a visit permit from the court competent for the proceedings or from the competent public prosecutor's office. The written permit must be presented here.
  • If no visiting restrictions are imposed, the remand prisoner can be visited at the JVA Münster without a visit permit upon presentation of a valid national identity card.

Duration of visit:

  • Inmates can receive visits up to a maximum duration of 2 hours per month. For administrative reasons, visits to prisoners or remand prisoners will be arranged twice monthly, lasting 60 minutes each.
  • Two additional hours are to be allowed for the special promotion of visits by underage children of inmates. For administrative reasons, these must last at least one hour each time.

Other regulations:

  • Admission is only granted upon presentation of a valid national identity card.
  • Persons under the age of 14 can only be admitted if accompanied by a legal guardian.
  • Unaccompanied minors aged 14 and over must submit a written declaration of consent from a legal guardian.
  • As a rule, no more than 3 persons (4 persons in the presence of children) are admitted at the same time.
  • A vending machine (sweets, soft drinks and tobacco products) is available in the visiting room. Up to € 18.00 in coins (in € 1 and 50 cent pieces) may be brought in per visit, but a maximum of € 36.00 per month for each inmate.
  • Conversations when visiting remand prisoners must be conducted in German language or with the help of a sworn interpreter, unless the competent authority has granted an exception.