COVID-19: information for keeping you safe

The COVID-19 pandemic affects travel to Switzerland. Please note the current restrictions and measures if you are planning a stay in Basel.

Dear Visitors

The safety and protection of the population as well as containing the spread of COVID-19 are top priorities. That’s why individuals aged 16 and over must present a COVID certificate and an official ID to enter the indoor areas of restaurants, cultural institutions and recreational facilities, and to attend certain events. 

We hope you’ll find all the information you need to have a relaxed stay in Basel here. 

Welcome to Basel!


Effective since 13 September 2021:

What is open in Basel?

Please contact the provider directly regarding opening hours.


Large events can take place again:

  • Visitors aged 16 and over must present a valid COVID certificate and an official ID to participate in indoor events and large events, but otherwise there are no restrictions and face coverings are not mandatory.
  • In some cases, you do not need a COVID certificate to attend outdoor events with fewer than 1000 people.
  • Get the latest information ahead of your visit from the events calendar or directly from the relevant organizer.


Sanitation and protection

Please stay at home if you feel unwell, wash your hands often and keep your distance from other people.

Masks are mandatory for persons aged 12 and over

  • in the indoor areas of institutions and businesses open to the public;
  • in any places where it is not possible to ensure minimum 1.5 m social distancing;
  • on all public transport and aeroplanes;
  • at bus and tram stops, railway stations and airports.

Please also observe the rules of conduct and hygiene of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH.

Information on measures and hygiene rules in Basel in various languages:


Entry to Switzerland

When entering Switzerland from certain regions, it is mandatory to report to the cantonal authorities and to go into quarantine. Useful links:

Information on the current entry requirements can be found here:

Please check with your national authorities for detailed travel requirements before departure.

COVID-19 test centres for travellers

COVID-19 test centre at the airport

Opening hours
  • Daily from 7.00 am to 5.45 pm
  • Rapid antigen test: CHF 45.00
  • PCR test: CHF 110.00 (PCR test “Classic”) / CHF 195.00 (PCR test “Flash”)
Information and appointment


COVID-19 test centre at the University Hospital Basel

  • Universitätsspital Basel
    Klingelbergstrasse 30
    4031 Basel
Opening hours
  • Monday to Friday, from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm
  • PCR test: CHF 169.00
Information and appointment bookings


Travel Clinic at Swiss TPH

  • Schweizerisches Tropen- und Public Health-Institut 
    Socinstrasse 57 
    4051 Basel
Opening hours
  • Monday to Friday, from 8.00 am to 10.00 pm
  • PCR test (normal): CHF 171.85
  • PCR test (fast): CHF 444.85
Information and appointment


Additional test locations

You can also get tested for COVID-19 in other hospitals and pharmacies in Basel. An overview of all test locations in Basel is available here.