COVID-19: information for keeping you safe
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?
- Hotels and accommodation (COVID certificate required for entry to restaurants and bars attached to hotels)
- Museums (face coverings are not mandatory, COVID certificate required for entry)
- Restaurants, cafés and bars (COVID certificate required for indoor areas)
- Discos and clubs (face coverings are not mandatory, COVID certificate required for entry)
- Theatres, concert venues and cinemas (face coverings are not mandatory, COVID certificate required for entry)
- Leisure and culture centres (e.g. Basel Zoo, Lange Erlen Animal Park and the botanical gardens of the University of Basel) as well as sports facilities (face coverings are not mandatory, COVID certificate required for entry)
- Basler Personenschifffahrt
- Shops, shopping centres and markets
- Spas and leisure pools (face coverings are not mandatory, COVID certificate required for entry)
- Tourist Information office at the Stadtcasino at Barfüsserplatz
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: coronavirus.bs.ch.
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
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Free rapid tests
Until 30 September 2021, visitors from abroad can get tested for COVID-19 free of charge. The COVID certificate for a negative rapid antigen test is valid for 48 hours.
COVID-19 test centre at the University Hospital Basel
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Travel Clinic at Swiss TPH
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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.