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Information on the coronavirus (COVID-19)

The following hygiene and safety measures are in place to keep locals and visitors in Basel safe.

People aged 12 years and older will be required to wear masks in the indoor and outdoor areas of shops selling essential everyday goods, in all other indoor places accessible to the public and in public spaces where the social distancing rules cannot be complied with, in busy pedestrian zones, across the entire public transport network and in aircraft, at bus stations and tram stops, as well as in railway stations and airports.

From 29 October 2020, nightclubs will stay closed. 

Restaurants and bars will be closed from 23 November 2020 to 22 January 2021.

Hotel restaurants will remain open for hotel guests only. The Restaurant Atelier at the Teufelhof Basel is open to all guests staying at a hotel in Basel on presentation of a valid BaselCard. Advance reservation is required.

Shops selling non-essential goods, as well as museums, cinemas, libraries, zoos, and other cultural and leisure venues will be closed until the end of February 2021.   

Private events of more than 5 persons, including spontaneous gatherings, are not permitted in public throughout Switzerland. Gatherings among friends and families are limited to a maximum of 5 people. Public events are banned.  

Current information and conditions of entry into Switzerland can be found here:

More information

When entering Switzerland from certain areas, it is compulsory to report to the cantonal authorities and to go into quarantine. The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) maintains a continuously updated list of these areas. The persons concerned will be informed in cross-border means of transport and at border crossings. Important: travellers must inquire with their national authorities about the exact travel conditions before starting their trip.

The Tourist Information in the Stadtcasino will be closed from 18 January to 28 February 2021. You can reach us by telephone from Monday to Friday from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm at +41 61 268 68 68 or [email protected]. The Tourist Information at the SBB railway station will remain closed until further notice. 

You will receive up-to-date information daily on our social media channels and in our newsletter.

Further information


Public and private group guided tours will not take place from 12 December 2020 to 28 February 2021. For bookings or cancellations of Basel Tourismus products and services, please contact [email protected].

The museums in Basel will be closed from 22 December 2020 to the end of February 2021.

Further information

The Tourist Information in the Stadtcasino will be closed from 18 January to 28 February 2021. You can reach us by telephone from Monday to Friday from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm at +41 61 268 68 68 or [email protected]. The Tourist Information at the SBB railway station will remain closed until further notice. 

Basel @ Home

The desire to travel, to go to a restaurant or spend time with friends and family is very strong at the moment, for almost everybody. Many businesses in Basel provide a variety of measures to lighten up these challenging times: they take you on a virtual tour of their premises, they show you recipes to try out at home and bring art and concerts straight to your own living room. 

Virtual museums
Basel through the windows
Basel virtually
Basel Chief’s favourite recipes
Take Away