But there is no control at airports and borders and it is the responsibility of travelers to report their own arrival to their local health authority.
“When we returned, we sent an email to the health authorities to let them know that we were. We received an email telling us to let them know if we were sick or had symptoms. But there was nothing about quarantine, “said Ms. Terry.
“We were warned of spot checks and major problems, but it’s been three weeks now. We finished isolating ourselves a week ago and we never heard anything. “
While some cities have carried out spot checks, many German municipalities say they simply cannot afford to control the rules.
Until May 15, entry into Germany was largely reserved for citizens and long-term residents who had to abide by the rules.
“I guess it’s pretty typical of the German attitude,” said Ms. Terry. “Treat people like responsible adults and trust them.”
Quarantine since March 28, lifted on June 3
Travelers to Italy will soon no longer face a 14-day mandatory quarantine as the government reopens its borders after one of the world’s toughest bans.
Until then, visitors must stay at home or at an address of their choice for a fortnight under the supervision of health authorities. If they have nowhere to stay, accommodation is organized by the regional civil protection authorities.
Anyone who contravenes quarantine measures could be fined up to 3,000 euros. In addition, anyone who has been quarantined after being tested positive for Covid-19 and who intentionally violates the order to stay at home could face a prison sentence ranging from one to five years.
Quarantine measures will be lifted on June 3, when unrestricted travel between Italy and other EU and Schengen countries – and within Italy itself – will resume as the country attempts to revive its economy and its struggling tourism industry, which represent around 13% of its gross GDP. national product.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, however, warned that he was taking a “calculated risk” and that travel restrictions could be reintroduced if the curve of coronavirus infections in Italy worsens and there is a second wave. Already more than 32,000 people have died from Covid-19.
But the new rules will only apply to travelers from European Union member states, those from the Schengen area, as well as the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, and tiny states. from Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican.
Between June 3 and June 15, travel to and from all other countries will always be prohibited, except for “specified business needs, absolute urgency or for health reasons”.