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1. Posted by melzoid (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y

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I am from Australia and I will be going to Alcatraz in August. I was wondering if there are any restrictions on camera equipment and video camcorders on the island. I don't want to cart them there and be told I am not allowed to use them.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

-Michelle :)

2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 612 posts) 12y

Hi Michelle,
I went to Alcatraz in Feb '03 and there were 4 of us with assorted 35mm and digital/video cameras. I don't remember any restrictions at all.
You may find security checks here and there though.

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y

There are no restrictions on cameras or videos and alcatraz is no longer a working prison or military installation, unless you are a commercial film crew, then a permit is required. This site has details: If you still have concerns, you can try contacting the person listed on the page or email the national park service on the following page:

Hours of operation, etc. can be found at this site:

Hope this helps!

4. Posted by peeps (Full Member 114 posts) 12y

i used to work there and there is definatly no restrictions on photography. the only restrictions are on areas that are not safe for the public and areas where the wildlife nesting areas are.
bring food and water with you as the shops only sell souveniers.
and be sure and go on some of the ranger tours as sometimes you get to go to places that the rest of the viseters cant go.
enjoy and bring plenty of film because there are soooo many photo opportunities.

5. Posted by melzoid (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y

Hey guys,

Thanks for all your replies. They are much appreciated. I can't wait to get there and start snapping off some shots.

Thanks again,

Michelle. :)