Clarification regarding coronavirus/COVID-19 at the University Hospital Basel


Do you want to get tested for COVID-19? Perhaps you're having symptoms or you need a test result for employment or travel. We encourage you to visit our testing center. We conduct both PCR tests and rapid tests.


Requesting a test for yourself

This applies to anyone who is healthy and requires a test for travel or another reason. An appointment must be booked online in advance in order to take the test (walk-ins are not permitted). A fee will be charged depending on the type or scope of the test.

Book your test today

(Important: please enter your name exactly as it appears on your ID card or passport.)

If you want a test certificate, please download the USB app on site at the test center.


Requesting a test as a result of COVID-19 symptoms, quarantine, a notification by a COVID app or an order by the cantonal physician

This applies to anyone who wishes to take a test as a result of COVID-19 symptoms, quarantine, a notification by a COVID app or an order by the cantonal physician. The test is free of charge.

There is no need to book an appointment (walk-ins are permitted).



The testing center is located on the premises of the University Hospital Basel. The entrance is on Klingelbergstrasse/Schanzenstrasse and the way there is signposted from clinic entrances 1 and 2.


Opening times

  • Our opening hours are Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday/Sunday and public holidays.
  • Our busiest time is usually between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Information on the PCR test

  • It can take up to 24 hours for the result of the PCR test to come through. A fee will be charged for those requiring a PCR test for travel.
  • A PCR test taken at your own request (e.g. for travel or work) costs CHF 169. Please note that we do not accept cash.
  • A PCR test is valid for 72 hours.

    Information on the rapid antigen test

    Usually 48 hours.

    The cost of a rapid antigen test is CHF 69. The cost will be covered by the federal government for all cases until October 10. After October 11, 2021, the cost will be covered only in the following cases:

    • You have had contact with a confirmed case.
    • You cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. A medical certificate is required.
    • You are under 16 years of age.
    • You are visiting a health care facility and require a negative test result. Note: In this case, you will only receive a certificate of your test result but not a Covid certificate.

    Saliva test information

    In order to ensure that the test result is as unaltered as possible during saliva collection (more suitable for children), we ask you to do the following one hour before saliva collection:

    • do not eat or drink anything
    • do not smoke
    • do not chew gum
    • do not brush your teeth or rinse your mouth

    Important information

    • When queuing, please observe the measures prescribed by the Federal Office of Public Health, as well as social distancing guidelines.
    • Please bring your health insurance card and mobile phone with you.
    • Children from school age onwards (i.e. 6 and over) who are asymptomatic or only have minor symptoms and do not require a doctor also have to be tested at the University Hospital Basel. For each person an appointment is necessary, which you can book on our homepage. Young people do not have to be accompanied by their parents. All preschool children (i.e. under 6) are tested at the University Children’s Hospital Basel.
    • Only persons who are being tested are permitted to enter the test center (including children).
    • Anyone traveling abroad is requested to check the regulations currently in force in the destination country. Further information
    • Note for families: each person requires their own individual appointment.