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University of Basel

Information about the new coronavirus

3d rendering of a microscope close-up of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
3d rendering of a microscope close-up of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. (Image: Creativeneko/123rf)

The measures adopted by the university management are in line with the Federal Council’s instructions and are aimed at slowing down the spread of the coronavirus. The University of Basel is thus contributing to the protection of the population in Switzerland.

Regulations for sound and image recording in teaching

13 July, 2020. With a view to digital teaching in the fall semester 2020, the University of Basel has issued regulations for sound and image recording in teaching. These regulations apply to the operation of all sound, image and sound/image recording systems in teaching. The regulations include points such as the recognisability of the image and sound recordings, the storage and destruction of the recordings or the rights of use of the recordings. The regulations are available as a PDF download.


Federal Council announces relaxation – Implications for the University of Basel

Opening of the learning rooms

June 8, 2020: The new upper limit for assemblies allows the University Library to reopen individual learning rooms as of June 8. Please consult the website before visiting the library.

Upper limit for meetings – meetings possible

Since the Federal Council has raised the upper limit for meetings to 30 people as of 30 May, larger meetings will also be possible in future - always provided that the hygiene and distance rules are observed. 

Adapted travel regulations

The university management has adapted the travel regulations and the guest regulations. New: The University Management recommends its members to avoid work-related travel as far as possible and to receive guests at the University of Basel only in important cases. Participation in larger conferences and meetings is strongly discouraged. Furthermore, the recommendations of the Swiss Confederation on cross-border travel must be followed.

From 6 July 2020, people arriving in Switzerland from certain countries and areas are required to go into quarantine. The Swiss Federal Council decided on 1 July 2020 to introduce this measure. Further information can be found on the FOPH's website.


Building closed

  • All university buildings are closed to students.
  • Students who need urgent access to the buildings should contact their faculty or department. 

Implementation of events

  • Until 31.10.2020, no new room reservations for events outside of teaching will be made.
  • Already confirmed room reservations for non-teaching events will remain in place subject to feasibility (instructions from the Federal Council, the FOPH, the Canton of Basel-Stadt, as well as personal requirements for teaching and availability of own staff).

These regulations will be adapted according to current developments.

Inquiries by email

Questions about study and research in the context of the spread of the new coronavirus can be asked at the e-mail address corona@unibas.ch.

Please send questions about online teaching in the context of the spread of the new coronavirus to corona-teaching@unibas.ch.

Current situation – Switzerland and international

Information on the current situation, federal government measures, recommendations for workplace and for travellers, and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the website of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH.

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