Published 4 February 2020
Are you 18 years old? Are you up for an adventure? If yes, get ready to explore other countries by applying for DiscoverEU, a European Union initiative giving young people the opportunity to travel.
Almost 70,000 young people have received a travel pass since the first application round in 2018. Another round is taking place from Thursday 12 March 2020 11am (UK time) until Thursday 26 March 2020 11am (UK time), with 30,000 passes available.
For the most part you will be travelling by rail, but the DiscoverEU pass also covers alternatives such as buses or ferries. In exceptional cases, travel by plane is permitted to ensure that young people living in remote areas or on islands can take part.
Who can apply?
You can only apply for DiscoverEU if you:
- are 18 years old on 30 June 2020, i.e. born between 1 July 2001 (included) and 30 June 2002 (included);
- have the nationality of one of the Member States of the European Union (UK participants are also eligible to apply during the transition period);
- fill in your correct ID or passport number on the online application form;
If awarded, you can travel for a period of minimum one day and up to 30 days between 1 July 2020 and 28 February 2021.
Young people with special needs are welcome to participate in DiscoverEU. They will be helped with information and tips, and costs of special assistance might be covered.
Note: If you travelled with DiscoverEU in the previous application rounds, then you are not eligible to apply for this round.
How do I apply?
The online application is on the European Youth Portal from Thursday 12 March 2020 at 11am (UK time) until Thursday 26 March 2020 at 11am (UK time).
You will need to provide your personal data and give details about how you will prepare for your trip. There will be five multiple choice quiz questions on European culture and diversity as well as on EU youth initiatives targeting young people. Finally, you will need to answer a subsidiary question, which will allow DiscoverEU to rank applications.
You must have a valid passport when you apply for DiscoverEU. If you do not yet have one, learn how to apply for your first UK adult passport. Note that passport applications can take a few weeks.
Can I travel with my friends?
You can go solo or add up to four friends in your group provided they meet the eligibility conditions above. You can indicate this in your application form.
If you decide to travel as part of a group, a group leader must be appointed on the group's behalf before you submit any application. The group leader fills in the application form, including the quiz questions and the subsidiary question. S/he will receive a code when submitting the application, which s/he should then communicate to the maximum four additional group members in order to allow them to register. Based on the code provided by the group leader, the remaining group members can then register online and fill in their personal data. All group members need to click on the “submit” button in order to be registered.
Are there any other travel opportunities?
Yes, opportunities to travel come in many different forms! There are European programmes where you could have travel expenses covered, and sometimes accommodation and even pocket money. For example, if you are interested in volunteering or working abroad, you can sign up for the European Solidarity Corps. Find all the opportunities available for you on the Eurodesk Opportunity Finder.