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Welcome to Yarl's Wood

Yarl’s Wood IRC is a fully contained residential centre housing adult women and adult family groups awaiting immigration clearance. We focus on decency and respect in all aspects of care for our residents and use continuous innovation to further improve and develop our service.

COVID-19 Update - April 2021: All visitors will be required to take a lateral flow test upon arrival and must wait 30 minutes for the results to come through before being allowed entry. 

If the test gives a positive result, you will not be allowed entry and will be asked to return home. 

Any persons who has had a positive result in the last 90 days (meaning they cannot complete another test) must bring with them, and provide evidence to staff of, the date the test was taken on to ensure they have completed their 10-day isolation period.

This includes any legal representatives visiting the centre.

Due to the 30-minute wait required to retrieve the result, it is advised that all visitors attend the centre 30 minutes prior to their appointment time.

Any child under the age of 11 will not be required to complete a lateral flow test.

The minibus service will still be in place with a maximum of 4 visitors on each journey. 

If the lateral flow test comes back positive you will be responsible for your own travel home whether you were on the minibus or not. 

The link for registering a test is Register a coronavirus test - Register a test - GOV.UK ( 

Test side ID is: 'YIRC'


About Yarl's Wood

Management of Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre was taken over by Serco in 2007.

Serco is an international service company that improves the quality and efficiency of essential services to millions of people around the world in the most important areas of public service, including health, education, transport, science and defence. At Yarl’s Wood we deliver services on behalf of HOIE (Home Office Immigration Enforcement)

Yarl’s Wood, in Bedfordshire, is unique in the UK because of the demographic of those we care for and the specialist and innovative services we provide including:

  • a comprehensive range of welfare services

  • healthcare

  • faith and cultural provision

  • educational and recreational activities

  • work opportunities aimed at supporting residents throughout their period of detention and preparing them for release and resettlement

We deliver our service based on a community model allowing residents as much freedom of movement and choice as possible.

We have positive relationships with colleagues in a broad range of statutory and voluntary organisations both in Bedfordshire and nationally and work with them to deliver services which mirror those in the community in areas such as health and well being.

We invite you to find out more about our centre and to get in touch if you feel you have a service that would be of assistance to our residents during their stay at Yarl’s Wood.