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Information on the coronavirus (COVID-19)

The hotels in Basel are generally still open. In case of doubt, please contact your accommodation.

Please note the federal government measures of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH regarding entry to Switzerland.

From 11 May

Open or permitted

  • Shops and markets
  • Travel agencies
  • Museums, libraries, archives (excl. reading rooms)
  • Visits to restaurants, bars and pubs under the following conditions: individual groups of guests consist of no more than 4 people or families with children customers are seated to consume food and beverages a set of precautionary measures is in place and can be adhered to.
  • Theatres

From 6 June

Open or permitted

  • Zoos, botanical gardens, animal parks, casinos, amusement parks
  • Swimming pools (open to the public), wellness facilities
  • Camping sites, mountain railways, toboggan runs, bike and rope parks
  • Catering establishments: activities such as billiards, darts and live music, condition: consumption sitting (does not apply to discotheques, nightclubs, dance halls)
    Limited opening hours
  • Catering establishments: visit also for groups of more than 4 persons, conditions: Contact details of at least one person of the group must be collected Sitting consumption (does not apply to discos, nightclubs, dance clubs) Limited opening hours
  • Sports competitions with a maximum of 300 persons (condition: Designation of a person responsible for compliance with the protection concept)
  • Events of all kinds up to 300 persons are allowed

From 15 June

Border crossings from and to Germany, France and Austria.

Expected from 6 July

No entry restrictions for all Schengen states.

Closed/prohibited until further notice

  • Events involving more than 300 people
  • Meetings of more than 30 people in public space

Safety precautions for seminars

  • The protection concept applies to all hotel businesses that offer events (e.g. seminars). The measures listed below must be observed by all establishments. The cantonal Authorities carry out strict controls. The companies can carry out additional company-specific Implement measures. Legal hygiene and protection guidelines already in force must continue to be observed (e.g. in the food sector and for the general health protection of employees). Furthermore, all provisions of Ordinance 2 on measures to combat coronavirus (COVID-19) apply.
  • This protection concept is valid until revoked. In case of doubt, the German version of this protection concept shall apply. For groups of guests, the definition in the protection concept for the hospitality industry applies.
  • The establishment shall ensure compliance with the protection concept on its own responsibility. The concept does not replace the protection concept for the hospitality industry, which must be observed for the catering sector.

 BAG HotellerieSuisse  (pdf - 347.43 kB)

Further regulations

  • The SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) canceled extra trips and group trips. 
  • Public guided tours of Basel Tourism will be taking place again from Saturday, 6 June. Private group tours with a maximum of 20 participants can be booked again from Tuesday, 2 June.  For bookings, cancellations of Basel Tourismus products and services, please contact [email protected].
  • The Tourist Information Stadtcasino is open from 11 May from Monday to Sunday, from 11.00 a.m. to 15.00 p.m. You can also reach us by telephone from Monday-Friday from 8.30 a.m. to 17.00 p.m. at +41 61 268 68 68 or [email protected]. The Tourist Information SBB railway station will remain closed until further notice.

FAQ

  • Hotels
  • Food stores and other shops, provided they offer food and articles for everyday use (e.g. kiosks and filling station shops)
  • Takeaway establishments, workplace canteens, meal delivery services and restaurants for hotel guests
  • Pharmacies, drugstores and shops selling medical aids and equipment (e.g. eyeglasses and hearing aids)
  • Post offices and sub-post offices
  • Sales outlets of telecommunications providers
  • Banks
  • Filling stations
  • Railway stations and other public transport facilities
  • Transport/vehicle workshops
  • Public administration
  • Healthcare facilities such as hospitals, clinics and medical practices, and practices and establishments run by health professionals under the terms of federal and cantonal law
  • Shops and markets
  • Travel agencies
  • Museums, libraries, archives (excl. reading rooms)
  • Visits to restaurants, bars and pubs under the following conditions: individual groups of guests consist of no more than 4 people or families with children customers are seated to consume food and beverages a set of precautionary measures is in place and can be adhered to.

All establishments open to the public will be closed until further notice:

  • Restaurants for groups of more than 4 persons (except parents with children, also patchwork families)
  • Campsites
  • Entertainment and leisure facilities such as cinemas, concert halls, theatres, casinos, fitness centres and swimming pools (except with a protection concept), wellness centres, ski resorts, botanical and zoological gardens and zoos
  • Swimming pools (open to all)
  • Zoos, botanical gardens, animal parks

The museums in Basel will be open again from 11 May 2020.

Further information

The Tourist Information Stadtcasino is open from 11 May from Monday to Sunday, from 11.00 a.m. to 15.00 p.m. You can also reach us by telephone from Monday-Friday from 8.30 a.m. to 17.00 p.m. at +41 61 268 68 68 or [email protected]. The Tourist Information SBB railway station will remain closed until further notice.

Public guided tours of Basel Tourism will be taking place again from Saturday, 6 June. Private group tours with a maximum of 20 participants can be booked again from Tuesday, 2 June.  For bookings, cancellations of Basel Tourismus products and services, please contact [email protected].

Public city tour From Saturday, June 6, 2020, the public city tour will take place bilingually (D/E) on Saturdays and Sundays until further notice. (on weekdays there will be no public city tours until further notice).
Oldtimer tram The trips in the oldtimer tram will start on Sunday, July 5 at the earliest and both trips will also be offered bilingually (D/E) until further notice. 
City Hall Tours The public guided tours of the city hall can start again from 13 June 2020 at the earliest. There is a limit to the number of participants (max. 10 persons) and the wearing of masks is compulsory. 
Tours in Augst The public guided tour in the Roman city on 14 June 2020 was cancelled. The other Augst tours should probably take place again.
Monthly tours The monthly tours will continue normally from July onwards, the number of participants is limited to 20 persons.
Brunch tours The brunch tours will continue as normal from June, the number of participants is limited to 20 persons.
General public city tours

We recommend that guests on public tours wear their own protective mask (but it is not mandatory). Wearing a protective mask is only compulsory for guided tours of the town hall and tours on the solar boat.

Important: All tickets must be booked either online, via our Guest Service or the Tourist Information.

Group guided tours The number of participants in group tours is limited to a maximum of 20 people. In the case of individually booked group tours, it is pointed out that it is the responsibility of the client to ensure that the participants are able to follow the tour. Short visits to the Münster are not possible.