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

Things are a bit different in Basel in the current situation. We will have to be patient until major events can take place again. The safety and protection of the population as well as containing the spread of COVID-19 are the top priorities.

But the exciting aspects of our city, which are appreciated by locals and tourists alike, can still be discovered now: on a walk through Basel, you will stroll through the secluded narrow streets of the Old Town, pass by spectacular buildings by world-renowned architects and see open-air art everywhere.

Take care of yourself and everyone around you!


Effective since 31 May 2021:

What is open in Basel?

Please contact the provider directly regarding opening hours.


Which events are taking place and how many visitors are allowed? 

  • Outdoor events (e.g. open-air concerts): audience of up to 300 people
  • Indoor events (e.g. theatre performances and film screenings, concerts): audience of up to 100 people
  • Guided city tours: up to 20 participants (staged city tours: up to 30 participants)
  • Museum tours: up to 50 participants

What is still closed now?

  • Discos and clubs


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 and outdoor areas of institutions and businesses open to the public;
  • everywhere where it is not possible to maintain the minimum distance;
  • in busy pedestrian zones;
  • on all public transport and aeroplanes;
  • at bus and tram stops, railway stations and airports.

The number of people who can be inside businesses open to the public at the same time is limited. Please enquire before your visit if online tickets are available to avoid waiting times.

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.

Information on the current entry requirements can be found here:

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

Effective since 6 June 2021: those travelling between Basel and Germany by road or rail no longer have to observe COVID-19 travel restrictions.

COVID-19 test centres for travellers

COVID-19 test centre at the airport

Opening hours
  • Daily from 7.30 am to 12.30 pm
  • From 28 June 2021: daily from 6.30 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


Viselio Test Center Basel

Opening hours
  • Monday to Friday, from 2.00 pm to 7.30 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
  • PCR test (EU laboratory): CHF 119.00 with pre-registration, CHF 135.00 on site
  • PCR test (Swiss laboratory): CHF 155.00 with pre-registration, CHF 170.00 on site
Information and appointment