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Brexit Could Have Major Effect on Pets

Their travel privileges could be disrupted.

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Brexit could mean a significant change for the pets of Great Britain, Quartz reports.

Currently, British pets can travel freely throughout the European Union on a European pet passport. About 300,000 of them do so each year, according to Quartz.

That will change after March 29, 2019, the day Britain leaves the European Union, unless a deal is first reached on terms of the departure.

If officials can’t arrive at a deal, passports for British pets will no longer be valid for EU travel. The UK will be an “unlisted third country” and procedures for travel will be much more involved, with requirements for a blood sample and a health certificate.

According to a position paper recently released by the UK government, “To make sure your pet is able to travel from the UK to the EU after 29 March 2019 in any scenario, you should contact your vet at least 4 months before traveling to get the latest advice.”

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