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. In indoor areas, masks are mandatory for persons aged 12 and over.

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

Welcome to Basel!

Effective since 22 January 2022:

What is open in Basel?

Please contact the provider directly regarding opening hours.

Large events can take place again:

  • Indoor events: only vaccinated or recovered persons will be admitted.
  • Visitors aged 16 and over must present a valid COVID certificate and an official ID to participate in outdoor events with over 300 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

The online travelcheck allows you to check whether and under what conditions you can enter Switzerland.

Travellers entering Switzerland who have not been vaccinated or have not recovered from COVID-19 have to present a negative test result (PCR test or rapid antigen test).

Those travelling to Switzerland by plane or on a long-distance bus service must present an entry form (can be completed at the earliest 48 hours before entry).

Information on the current entry requirements can be found here:

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

Guests from third countries outside of the EU/EFTA/Schengen who have been vaccinated with an EMA-approved vaccine can apply for a Swiss COVID-19 certificate online for CHF 30:

COVID-19 test centres for travellers

Rapid antigen tests are valid for 24 hours, PCR tests are valid for 72 hours.

COVID-19 test centre at the airport

Opening hours
  • Daily from 7.00 am to 5.45 pm
  • Rapid antigen test: free*
  • 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
  • Rapid antigen test: free*
  • 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
  • Rapid antigen test: free*
  • 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


* Free rapid tests

You can get tested for COVID-19 free of charge with a rapid antigen test. The COVID certificate for a negative rapid antigen test is valid for 24 hours.