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


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.

(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.

To avoid waiting times, we strongly recommend that you book an appointment online. However, visits without an appointment (walk-in) remain possible.



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.
  • Special opening hours: Karfreitag, 15. April 2022: 9.00 bis 13.00 Uhr

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 24 hours.

    The cost will be covered by the federal government for all cases.


    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

    Information on the antibody test (serological test)

    • Since November 16, 2021, Covid certificates can also be issued to persons who can prove with a current positive antibody test (serological test) that they are recovering and have sufficient antibodies.
    • The validity period of the certificate is limited to 90 days. After these 90 days, the person concerned can have another antibody test performed. If this is still positive, another certificate can be issued. A certificate for antibody testing is only valid in Switzerland. In the EU, such certificates are currently not recognized by most countries.
    • This test is only possible with a prior online appointment booking.
    • We offer antibody testing exclusively for unvaccinated individuals 16 years of age and older.


    The costs for an antibody test are CHF 99.


    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 can also 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.