Breaking news: Many of our furry friends may end up stranded in Europe if we end up with a ‘No Deal’ Brexit scenario.
Whilst they wait for their EU Pet Passports to be replaced, some animals may have to stay on the continent – whether their owners can or not, of course, is another matter. This could lead to heartbreak as pets and owners are separated for what could be months.
A leaked proposal has let slip that clarifying pet travel, in terms of renegotiating their travel status, could take months to finalise and put into place. EU Pet Passports currently allow our cuddly companions to cross borders, but this would need to be renegotiated if we end up facing a ‘No Deal’ scenario.
No Deal, no travel…
If Britain fails to reach a deal with Brussels, this could provide a real administrative headache for those in government on all levels – and it’s certainly a worrying time for those who regularly travel through or holiday in Europe with their pets.
Without a deal in place, we will drop out of the EU to be classified as a ‘Third Country’. This means that any British cats and dog still in Europe on the 29th of March next year, will no longer be recognised by their EU Pet Passport.
Ministers hope that Britain would quickly become a ‘Listed Country’ as it wouldn’t initially qualify (joining America and Russia), which means pets can travel without being quarantined at borders, as long as they have the right documentation.
Such status could take weeks of negotiation, ministers warn, and in the governmental Brexit report, it is still not confirmed whether this information will be included, as the government fears a backlash from animal lovers across the country.
Until this information is officially released we won’t know the exact details but the coverage of this leaked information already has us on edge about the prospect of grounded pets. If you are considering to go travelling with your pet, just bear in mind the date above – 29th March 2019 – as this is when your dog’s official documentation could fail to be recognised.
What do you think – will this be a creature catastrophe or is it another doom-and-gloom report about Brexit? Would the threat, of quarantine, make you reconsider taking your pet abroad and leave them with a loved one or in kennels instead?