What symptoms may indicate COVID-19?

Symptoms consistent with infection by coronavirus:

  • Symptoms of acute respiratory disease (sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, chest pains)
  • Fever
  • Sudden loss of sense of taste and/or smell


  • Headache
  • General feeling of weakness, unwellness
  • Aching muscles
  • Head cold
  • Gastro-intestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach ache)
  • Skin rashes

All persons with acute respiratory illness should avoid contact with other people from the onset of symptoms and adhere to applicable hygiene and behavioural rules.

If your condition deteriorates, please contact your GP or call the number for medical emergencies, tel. 061 261 15 15. You must contact a doctor if any of the following warning signs appear: a fever that lasts for several days, a feeling of faintness that lasts for several days, breathing difficulties, a strong feeling of pressure or pain in the lungs, confusion that wasn’t there before, blue lips or a blue face.


For people aged 65 and over and people with pre-existing conditions

The Federal Office of Public Health has clarified the definition of at-risk groups. These people have the highest risk of becoming seriously ill. This group includes people aged over 65, pregnant women and adult people with identified serious pre-existing conditions (including treatment-resistant high blood pressure / with organ damage, serious heart diseases, severe obesity, chronic and serious respiratory diseases, brittle diabetes mellitus / consequential damage, serious illnesses and treatments that weaken the immune system, cancer and medical treatments for cancer.

These people should contact their GP immediately if they become ill. If you cannot reach your doctor, you should call the number for medical emergencies (tel. 061 261 15 15). Please tell them your symptoms and that you have an increased risk of illness. The doctor will then discuss with you what to do next.

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When should I get tested?

You should discuss testing for Covid-19 with your attending physician if you have typical Covid-19 symptoms, particularily if you belong to the group of vulnerable people at risk. Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Office of Public Health.

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Testing costs

! As of 1 January 2023 the costs of COVID-19 tests will no longer be met by the Swiss Confederation and must therefore be paid by the individuals undergoing them.
COVID-19 tests ordered by a medical practitioner will have their costs met by the compulsory health insurance of the individual concerned, provided the test is required to determine any further medical action. Such costs will also, however, be subject to the insurance’s deductible and copayment provisions.

Updated information as of 01.01.2023 can be found on the FOPH website.

Information pertaining to the mass testing in establishments can be found here.

Generally not covered are self-tests and tests at your own request (e.g. for a certificate).

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Where can I get tested?

In case of symptoms or on a doctor's order, a corona smear test can usually be performed at the Test and Triage Center TTC of the University Hospital at Klingelbergstrasse 30 without prior appointment. Persons who wish to be tested at their own request (e.g. certificate) must book an appointment at the TTC.

  • Test and Triage Center Basel, Klingenbergstrasse 30
  • Access in private vehicle if possible, parking exit Schanzenstrasse. Opening hours (as of 01.06.2022) Monday to Sunday from 9:00 to 13:00.

! As of 31.01.2023 the Test and Triage Center Basel will be closed.

In addition, other medical practices and institutions perform Corona smears: 

Children under 12

Children under 12 can also get tested at pharmacies. If your child has severe symptoms, please contact the paediatrician or contact the UKBB. For other testing sites for children, please see the list of testing sites.

All children 6 months and older with mild symptoms, will also be tested at the Testing and Triage Center. Tests for children <6 months or for children with severe symptoms can be performed at the University Children's Hospital of Basel (UKBB). Again, if possible, do not go to the hospital by public transport.

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