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Currently, anyone and their pet can apply for a passport and travel internationally without too much hassle. To get your paws on your pets passports, all most people need to do is speak to their qualified vet to start the ball rolling and viola, in no time at all you've got yourself a jet setting pup, ferret or even kitty, complete with passport photo!
What happens now that 52% of Britain's have voted to leave the EU?
Now in the Brexit aftermath, Britain has become a much cheaper destination for Americans to visit, thanks to the exchange rates changing literally overnight. However, it could well put up barriers for us British Citizens wanting to travel abroad.
There is no such thing as an 'EU passport', so in theory your current passport would stay the same. No change there, although our pets passports may hold a different fate. Travelling between EU countries right now (as we are still currently a member of the EU), is easy and there is currently no need to apply for visas if you intend to live or work in another EU country, with or without your pooch. This is known as 'free movement' and it allows British Citizens to travel and work within the EU, unrestricted. You'd still need the relevant vaccinations, micro-chip and passport to bring your pet, although no quarantine is necessary right now.
As Britain leaves the EU, no one knows for sure what will happen yet and what effects this will have for sure on issues such as business, travel, immigration and trade to name a few. It's too soon to say, but we may need extra paperwork and visas to travel with our pets or it could mean quarantine time before travel.
Until these regulations have been revised, no one has definite answers for how Brexit will effect many issues, but in the meantime, you can travel with your pet as normal within the EU. You can currently still apply for your pets EU passport and there are no restrictions on travel between EU countries at present.
So, don't panic. It could be a while yet before regulations are revised, and even then things may not change too drastically.