Frequently Asked Questions


A. RULES

A.1 What is DiscoverEU?

DiscoverEU is an action of the Erasmus+ programme giving 18-year-olds the opportunity to travel around Europe. By travelling mainly by rail (there are exceptions to allow those living on islands or in remote areas to take part), young people discover Europe’ stunning landscapes and its endless variety of cities and towns. This journey also gives them the chance to meet like-minded travellers, become more independent and confident as well as explore their EU identity. Young people can apply during the two application rounds taking place each year and the European Union provides the selected ones with a travel pass.
 

A.2 Who can participate?

DiscoverEU is open exclusively to young people aged 18 years old. This means that young people born between 1 July 2003 (included) and 30 June 2004 (included) are eligible to participate. 

DiscoverEU is now part of the Erasmus+ Programme (2021-2027) Therefore, legal residents* of the EU Member States and third countries associated to the Erasmus+ Programme can now apply. Legal residents of EU Overseas Countries and Territories also join the adventure as long as they hold the citizenship of one of the 27 EU Member States. See the below detailed list:

  • 27 EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden including EU's outermost regions French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, la Réunion, Mayotte, Saint-Martin, Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands;
  • Members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), which are equally members of the European Economic Area (EEA): Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway;
  • Acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidates: North Macedonia, Republic of Serbia and Republic of Turkey;
  • Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) associated with the European Union: Aruba, Bonaire, Curação, French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Greenland, New Caledonia, Saba, Saint Barthélemy, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Saint Pierre et Miquelon, Wallis et Futuna Islands.

Applications must be submitted through the European Youth Portal during the application period running from 7 April 2022 at 12:00 CEST until 21 April 2022 at 12:00 CEST. 

* For more information see the Rules section “2. Eligible applicants”
 

A.3 Can I participate if I have already travelled with a DiscoverEU travel pass under one of the previous application rounds?

Young people who travelled with DiscoverEU under one of the previous application rounds are not eligible to submit a second application. In case they do so, it will be detected at submission stage. If at any stage during the implementation of the action, applications from young people who were granted a DiscoverEU travel pass under one of the previous application rounds are being detected, either by the contractor designated by the European Commission to take care of the travel bookings or by the European Commission itself, the applicant will be disqualified. 
 

A.4 Why is DiscoverEU only accessible to young people aged 18 years old?

The European Parliament, when establishing this action, chose to focus on young people turning 18, as this age marks a major step to adulthood and to European citizenship.

There was however an exception in the application round in 2021. As both rounds foreseen in 2020 had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those young people, who were eligible for these rounds, could exceptionally apply in 2021 even if they were older than 18 years old. 
 

A.5 I do not have an e-mail address. Can I apply for DiscoverEU?

If you want to apply, you must have a valid email address. There are many free e-mail providers you can use! Make sure you remember your credentials as communications will be sent to this email address.
 

A.6 Can a relative or friend older than 18 travel with me?

Yes, as long as they book and pay for the travel costs themselves. However, you are advised not to book tickets or accommodation in advance before your DiscoverEU travel pass is delivered.
 

A.7 Will preference be given to specific transport operators?

No. The contractor who will book the travels can select any transport mode and any operators or lines (private cars and chartered coaches are, as a general rule, excluded).
 

A.8 I am waiting for my new passport, identity card (ID) or legal residence card when I apply. How should I proceed?

When you apply, you can use your current passport, identity card (ID) or legal residence card, even if it has expired. However, should you be selected, you will need to be in possession of a valid ID document (passport, national ID or legal residence card) when completing the booking form to request your travel pass as an ID verification process has been put in place by the contractor. Also, you will need a valid ID document when travelling. You do not have to do anything if your ID document is renewed in between the ID verification process and your actual travel. 
 

A.9 Is there an identity or residence verification if I am selected?

Yes. When filling in the booking form, you will be asked to upload an image of a valid ID document (passport, national ID card), or to scan it with your device’s camera.

A valid proof of residence might also be requested. Please note that only official documentation from the national authority of your legal residence will be accepted. Electricity bills or rental leases are not sufficient nor acceptable.
 

A.10 What is expected from me as DiscoverEU participant?

The European Commission would like to hear back from the young travellers and encourages them to share their experiences and adventures. That is why, once selected, all participants become DiscoverEU Ambassadors. They are invited to share their travel experiences through social media tools like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, or by providing a presentation at their school or their local community. Participants are welcome to join the #DiscoverEU official Facebook Group.
 

A.11 Is there some kind of recognition?

Through travelling, the selected participants can strengthen their European identity and understand what the EU stands for. They will be able to connect with other people across Europe, exchange ideas and engage in cross-country networks. For some of them, it will be the first time that they will travel on their own. Through their experience with DiscoverEU, they will develop key competences like language skills, self-confidence, adaptability, stress resistance, self-reliance, interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, organisational and team building skills. In order to document these learning outcomes, all participants who will complete the survey, which is sent to them automatically after their travel, will be provided with a certificate of participation. This certificate includes elements of key competences acquired and is inspired by Youthpass.
 

A.12 Can citizens from the United Kingdom participate in this round of DiscoverEU?

No. As United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020, UK citizens cannot participate in DiscoverEU anymore. 

The exceptional participation of UK citizens foreseen in the United Kingdom’s Withdrawal Agreement from the European Union ended in 2021. 
 

B. SELECTION PROCEDURE

B.1 What is the application process?

In order to benefit from the action, you will need to submit an application for a DiscoverEU travel pass via https://europa.eu/youth/discovereu once the application period is open. The application period will be open between 7 April 2022 at 12:00 CEST until 21 April 2022 at 12:00 CEST. 

If you want to travel in a group and be the group leader, you must apply first and then provide all your group members with your application code. Group members will have to use this code to join your group online. In order to be selected within the application period mentioned above, all group members have to be 18 years old, submit their data and be eligible for DiscoverEU (see rule A2). Please note that all group members are only allowed to apply once. If you submit two applications or more, only the first application registered in the European Youth Portal will be considered for selection. Any other application from you (individually or in group) will not be taken into account. 
 

B.2 How are the young people selected?

The selection of applicants will take place via an online registration tool available on the European Youth Portal, as stated above (see rule B1). Applicants must answer 5 multiple choice quiz questions and 1 subsidiary question. The European Commission will rank the applicants per nationality following their replies to the quiz and the subsidiary question. At least 35 000 young people will be selected among the applicants who have answered correctly to the quiz, and whose answer came closest to the subsidiary question. If there are too many applications (individual or groups) that are ranked equally at the cut-off point imposed by the fixed quota, then as a measure of last resort, the European Commission will apply the “first come first served” principle to determine the allocation of the last places. It is a precaution, this situation has never occurred in the past application rounds. Young people with special needs (e.g. reduced mobility, visual impairments, etc.) will be entitled to receive appropriate additional support.
 

B.3 How do I know if I am selected for a DiscoverEU travel pass or if I am on the reserve list?

When the selection is done, all applicants will receive the results per email. Please keep a copy of your DiscoverEU application code. Do not share it (e.g. on social media) except with the authorised contractor from the European Commission. You can check the status of your application on the European Youth Portal. As of mid-May 2022, all applicants will receive an email notification. If you are not selected, you will be placed on a reserve list and you might be contacted at a later stage in case some selected participants decide to withdraw their application.
 

B.4 Is there a quota per country?

The selection will be carried out by nationality and/or country of residence where applicable, in accordance with the number of travel passes allocated to each country. This allocation is based on the Erasmus+ Programme, key action 1, individual mobility “youth” distribution key.

In case there are fewer applicants for certain countries than the allocated travel passes foreseen, the remaining travel passes will be distributed among the countries where there are more participants than the quota foreseen. The quota per country will be published along with the selection results.
 

B.5 Can I travel alone or with a group of friends?

Participants may travel either alone or in a group of maximum 5 people. You can indicate this in your application form. In case 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. The group leader will receive a code when submitting the application, which they should then communicate to the maximum 4 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.
 

B.6 Will all group members be selected?

Yes, a group application will be assessed as one single application. Please note that only the ones who register online (and are eligible to participate) before the end of the application period will be taken into account for the selection. A group can be composed of maximum 5 people.
 

B.7 I applied as a group leader, but only I have been selected. How come?

If you have been selected as a group leader but your group members have not been selected, this means that your group members did not complete their application on time via the European Youth Portal platform, or that they did not meet the eligibility criteria, or that they did not click on the “submit” button in order to be registered at the end of the application process. Only the group members who have submitted their application by the deadline via the code provided by the group leader can participate in DiscoverEU. This could also mean that you or your friend(s) submitted multiple applications, in that case only the first one submitted was taken into account. 
 

B.8 What if I indicated that I would like to travel alone and later on would like to form a group with my friends?

All participants are potential group leaders. As a participant, you are able to add up to 4 friends who match the eligibility criteria of DiscoverEU even if you have indicated in the application form that you want to travel alone. In order to enable your friends to join your application, you will have to provide them with your application code that you will receive via email. They will have to apply during the application period and be eligible to participate (see rule A.2).
 

B.9 What if I have been selected and I want to withdraw my participation?

All you have to do is send an email with your application code to the contractor who is designated by the European Commission to arrange the travel passes. This must be done before booking your travel via the booking form. Your pass will be given to someone on the reserve list. The contractor's email address will be communicated to you if you are selected.
 

B.10 I am selected but cannot go. Can my friend(s) go without me? Can I transfer the travel pass to someone else?

If you have been selected for a travel pass and your plans have changed, all you can do is withdraw your participation (see rule B.9) as you cannot transfer your travel pass to one of your friends. Furthermore, each travel pass is linked to an individual person, it cannot be changed or transferred to another person. 

If a member of your group (or the group leader) cancels her/his travel plans this decision will not affect the rest of the group. The remaining group members can still travel as planned. The person who withdrew cannot be replaced and the unused travel pass will be granted to a participant on the reserve list.
 

B.11 Can I change plans and travel alone when I am part of a group?

If you have been selected as a member of a group, but your plans have changed and you would like to travel alone, you can do this. You must simply complete the booking form as an individual with your personal code. No further action is required and the other group members will not be affected.
 

B.12 Is the travel pass transferable to another person?

No. The travel pass will have your name on it and cannot be transferred to another person under any circumstance. The name on the travel pass cannot be changed.
 

B.13 How does the travel pass function?

In order to have a better overview on flexible and fixed travel passes, see under C.5 and C.6 accordingly.
 

B.14 I am on the reserve list. What does it mean?

All unselected applicants are placed on a reserve list, organised per country of legal residence and in accordance to their replies to the quiz and the subsidiary question. When a selected applicant withdraws their application or if the value of the travel passes awarded is lower than the available budget, the European Commission may award travel passes to applicants placed on the reserve list up to the complete use of the available budget. Inclusion on the reserve list does not create any entitlement vis-à-vis the European Commission and does not guarantee to be selected at a later stage.

Young people on the reserve list can be contacted with an invitation to register on the booking platform. Those contacted towards the end of the project, due to being on the reserve list, cannot claim reimbursement for travels made prior to the invitation, nor request an extension of the travel period.
 

B.15 I am on the reserve list, what are my chances of being offered a travel pass?

This depends on three factors:

  • how you have answered the quiz;
  • how many selected participants do not confirm or cancel their participation (participants on the reserve list are offered travel passes that are unused by selected participants);
  • the amount of travel passes that are awarded in your country of nationality, or residence where applicable. 

The European Commission may also award travel passes to applicants placed on the reserve list at any moment up to complete use of available funds.
 

C. TRAVELLING

C.1 How many days can I travel?

You can travel for a minimum of 1 day during a 1 month period. With a flexible pass, you’ll have a certain number of travel days within a 1 month travel period. The journey must take place between 1 July 2022 (first start date) and 30 June 2023 (last return date).
 

C.2 How many countries can I visit?

This depends on the option chosen:

  • fixed option: the number of destinations is limited to 2 countries (or two cities within the same country);
  • flexible option: the number of countries is not limited. However, the number of travelling days is limited; e.g. one can be abroad for up to one month but within this one month not more than a certain number of travel  days can be used for actual travelling (e.g. on a train).

More information on the 2 options can be found in the questions below. The external contractor will also give more information if you are selected.
 

C.3 Can I start travelling from a country different from my country of residence?

Yes, it is possible to start your travel from a country that is not your country of legal residence. However, the cost of going to that country/location is not covered by DiscoverEU and it is your responsibility.
 

C.4 Can I travel with local public transportation using my travel pass?

Local public transportation and private transport are not included in the DiscoverEU travel pass. You should look yourself for information about the means of transportation, cost of tickets etc. in all your travel destinations before or during your travel.

If selected, you will be granted a DiscoverEU discount card, which validity will be aligned with the validity of your travel pass. This card will give you discounts in some local transports. For more information on the discount card, see further questions.
 

C.5 What is a flexible travel pass option?

With a flexible travel pass, you will be able to travel on a set number of travel days on trains within a 1 month period. You can select each of the travel days freely within this 1 month period. On each travel day, which lasts from midnight to midnight, you can take as many trains as you need (note that some trains may require a seat reservation and capacity on trains may be limited). 

This flexible travel pass lets you ride on trains in all the European Union Member States and third countries associated with the Erasmus+ Programme. The dates on which you travel remain flexible. However, note that the flexible travel pass will have a ‘Start Date’. You can select this ‘Start Date’ yourself when activating the Pass in the dedicated App where you manage your travel pass. From this ‘Start Date’ on, your travel pass will be valid for one month. You can change your ‘Start Date’ at any time before the start of that day (00:00 CET). The travel pass is non-exchangeable and non-refundable.

  • To use your travel pass you need to download the contractor’s dedicated mobile application (DiscoverEU Travel App) on your mobile device. After having booked the travel pass, you will receive an e-mail from the contractor with a unique code identifying your flexible travel pass and instructions on how to add it to the mobile application. To add the travel pass to the mobile application you will need to enter the last name and travel pass number from the confirmation e-mail you received. Once the travel pass is on your mobile device, you can connect the travel pass to an itinerary by creating a travel (or using an existing one you created before) in the mobile application. 
  • Once the itinerary (or at least the first travel segment of the travel) is created, you can activate the travel pass by specifying the ‘Start Date’. The travel pass will be valid for 1 month from the ‘Start Date’. 
  • •The start date corresponds to your first travel day. You have a set number of travel days in total. You can choose the date of each of your travel days by adding trains from your travel to it. You can change the date of a travel day only before that day starts (00:00 CET)
  • For ticket inspection, you will be required to show the ‘Day Ticket’ which can be accessed by selecting the correct travel day on the pass. The Day Ticket includes a QR code and a list of all the trains you have added to that travel day.
  • Adding travel segments to your travels is possible from the moment the travel pass is activated on the mobile device until and including the actual travel day, as long as the date of the travel day falls within the overall validity of the travel pass (i.e. one month). You should always keep your passport/identity card (ID) at hand as ticket inspectors may check it together with the travel pass (and the seat reservation ticket, if applicable).
  • You must be online to create a travel pass day ticket. You can be offline to show and edit the travel pass e.g. to add or remove travel segments.
  • If the travel pass remains ‘inactive’ for more than 72 hours (i.e. you remain offline for more than 72 hours) you will no longer be able to generate tickets. Your travel pass will become ‘active’ again after going online. You will be notified 24 hours in advance via the mobile application (also if you are offline and provided that you have enabled notifications), so you will be able to find an internet connection in time before your travel pass gets inactive.
     

C.6 How to use the outbound/inbound?

The flexible travel pass will be issued with a specified country of residence. This country will be the country that is communicated by you during the application. It is not possible to set a different country of residence on the flexible travel pass than the one defined during the application. Travel in your country of residence with the flexible pass is limited to one outbound and one inbound journey.

You can use your travel pass in your own country of residence twice: one outbound travel (leaving your own country) and one inbound travel (entering your own country). This doesn't have to be the first or last travel, it can occur at any time of your travel. If you need more than one outbound and inbound journey, for instance to cross your own country during the travel, you can always buy additional point-to-point tickets from your country’s rail carrier. Outbound and inbound travels must be made during two of the travel days of the flexible travel pass and therefore within its 1-month validity 

When adding a train that originates or terminates in your country of residence to any of your travel days, the flexible pass will automatically recognise that travel day as inbound/outbound. Since you only have one outbound and one inbound travel, it will not be possible to add trains in your own country to more than two of the set number of travel days.
 

C.7 What is a fixed travel option?

With the fixed travel pass, you have to select fixed travel dates, which cannot be modified once your pass has been issued. Fixed travel passes will be booked in economy class. The number of countries you can visit with this option is limited to 2. Therefore, this option might be unsuitable if you want to visit several countries. Conversely, if you decide to visit only one country, which is a country neighbouring your own, the fixed travel option is a good solution. There are no reservation costs related to fixed travel passes, but there is a budget limit of EUR 251 (the same value as for the flexible travel pass, in order to guarantee equal treatment between both options).

Once you have applied for the 'fixed' travel option, the contractor designated by the European Commission to arrange the travel bookings will provide you with the confirmation of the feasibility of your itinerary within 5 working days. In case the 'fixed' travel option proves unsuitable to accommodate your travel plans, the contractor will recommend opting for the flexible option.

To have a clearer idea of the feasibility of your travel plans, we recommend that you look into the website Allaboard or Rome2Rio, which can give you a good idea on whether your itinerary is feasible by rail, how many stops and trains you would need to take, how much time you can expect to travel via trains and a rough estimate of prices. The DiscoverEU Travel App will also allow you to check travel times and plan your travel.
 

C.8 What is the difference between the fixed and the flexible travel option?

Check the infographic: Flexible and Fixed (pdf)

 

Flexible travel option

Fixed travel option

The dates on which the selected applicants travel remain flexible until the travel pass has been activated by the applicant.  Selected applicants will communicate to the contractor their desired travel itinerary with fixed travel days and times and pre-defined destinations. The travel dates and destinations cannot be modified once the fixed ticket has been booked. Travel should take place in a period of up to one month.
Selected applicants will be able to travel over a period of maximum one month, with a set number of travel days. The flexible travel option allows the selected applicants to travel to as many eligible countries as they want. Selected applicants will be able to visit up to 2 countries which are part of the European Union or third countries associated to the Erasmus+ programme (see point 2) at the time of the selection decision (this does not include their country of departure and the crossed countries) over a period of maximum one month.

Once the travel pass is activated, selected applicants can travel on consecutive days, or they can spread their travel days out over the period of one month. They are allowed to travel on trains operated by European railway companies as well as on some ferries and other means of transport selected by the contractor designated by the European Commission and EACEA. Please note that certain trains may require or propose a seat reservation. The cost of seat reservations is not included in the Flexible Travel Pass. No reimbursement for seat reservations or other costs encountered during the journey will be covered by the European Commission or EACEA.  

All reservation costs are included in the fixed travel option, but there is an overall budget limit of EUR 251 that needs to be respected. Selected applicants should make sure that their itinerary is feasible.

 

C.9 Will young people always travel by rail?

Participants will, as a basic rule, travel by rail. Nevertheless, in order to ensure the widest possible access, DiscoverEU will offer alternative transport modes, such as coaches or ferries, taking into account environmental, time, and distance considerations. The use of flights will only be considered in exceptional cases.

Exceptions include:

  • Selected applicants who are resident on islands like Cyprus, Iceland, Ireland or Malta can travel by plane.
  • Those residing in the nine outermost regions (i.e. Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, la Réunion, Mayotte, Saint-Martin, Madeira, Azores and Canary Islands);
  • Those residing in the EU Overseas Countries and Territories (Aruba, Bonaire, Curação, French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Greenland, New Caledonia, Saba, Saint Barthélemy, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Saint Pierre et Miquelon, Wallis et Futuna)
  • Those residing in countries/regions which are not accessible by the previous mentioned transportation means (rail networks, ferries and coaches);
  • When participants have to travel more than 18 hours in order to cross the closest border of their country of residence;
  • For young people with reduced mobility or disabilities. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Only one round travel from/to the country of origin can be a flight. Afterwards, the young people are required to travel by rail or other alternative modes (except private cars and chartered coaches) on mainland Europe.

Selected applicants who want to travel to Cyprus, Iceland, Ireland or Malta should inform the contractor. To encourage participants to visit them, the number of tickets to these destinations will be three times more important than the quota of participants from these islands to visit mainland Europe with DiscoverEU. If the contractor receives too many requests, the flight tickets to these specific destinations will be booked based on a “first come first served” basis.
 

C.10 Can I travel within one country to multiple locations?

You can travel to as many cities and towns as you like (including two travel days in your home country in case of the flex option), as long as you visit at least one country abroad, and the total number of travel days is not exceeded.
 

C.11 What if I have to cancel my travel or need to modify it?

Any potential cancellation or modification fees will need to be covered by yourself. There is no extra budget foreseen to cover expenditures of this kind, whatever the reason. Different private travel insurances are available to cover such expenditures.

If you wish to cancel your participation, please send an email to the contractor. In this case an applicant on the reserve list will receive your travel pass. The contractor's email address will be communicated to you if you are selected.

If you have chosen the flexible travel option and you want to change your first travel day, you can do so at any time before the start of that day (00:00 CET) in the DiscoverEU Travel App (see C.5). If you want to cancel your travel you need to contact the contractor. 

For the fixed travel option, you will need to write to the contractor. 
 

C.12 How can I prepare my travel?

On the European Youth Portal, you can find practical information and useful tips about travelling in Europe

You must possess a valid travel document/pass during your journey. Anything related to such a document (validity, etc.) is your responsibility.

You are legally obliged to be in the possession of a valid passport or identity card (ID) when travelling. 

Participants should also ensure that they possess a valid health insurance for the duration of their travels. Anything related to such a document (validity, etc.) is your responsibility. 

Depending on your citizenship and your planned travel itinerary (non-Schengen area), you may need one or more visa on your passport. Delivery of visa is a competence of the States. We advise participants to inform themselves at official sources and launch their requests well in advance. Visa delivery can take several weeks. The DiscoverEU Help Centre and its helpdesk will provide assistance in this regard. In any case, it is your responsibility to have your documents ready before you travel. 

The European Commission, the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) and the contractor are not in a position to influence the decisions of national authorities concerning visa.

The visa costs will be covered by DiscoverEU. 

When health insurance is a mandatory requirement for obtaining a visa, it will be provided by the contractor. The related costs will be covered by DiscoverEU.
 

C.13 What are my passenger rights?

To be informed on your passenger rights, have a look at the European Youth Portal’s travelling section. Young people with disabilities can familiarise themselves with their rights via this link. Be aware that all provisions for those with disabilities will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, making it easier to plan their travel.
 

C.14 Technical issues with your booking form

In the event of technical issues, such as not receiving a confirmation code/email or details submitted incorrectly, please contact the contractor responsible for the booking. The contractor's email address will be communicated to you if you are selected. If you do not know the email address, you can reach out to the contractor by sending a private message to European Youth on Facebook.
 

C.15 We are a group and someone needs to go home earlier. Can the rest of the group continue their journey?

Yes, this is possible when choosing the flexible travel option.
 

C.16 Can I travel in a group, even though I am selected as an individual?

When choosing the flexible travel option, you are free to travel in a group, as well as change groups and even direction at any point during your travel.

During the booking process, make sure to put the same start date as the rest of the participants you want to travel with.

The booking form automatically updates each day at midnight, and allows booking earliest 14 days prior to the date of departure.
 

C.17 Should I book the travel passes myself?

No. You shall not book your travel passes yourself, as passes purchased separately shall not be reimbursed. Travel passes will exclusively be booked, purchased and delivered by the contractor designated by the European Commission.

You should also consider not booking and paying for any accommodation until you are sure about your travel dates and have received your travel pass.
 

C.18 What is the value of the travel pass?

The basic rule is that each participant will be entitled to a travel pass worth EUR 251. Travel will only be in 2nd class. However, this amount can be higher in the exceptional cases referred to below:

  • For participants travelling from the outermost regions (e.g. Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, la Réunion, Mayotte, Saint-Martin, Madeira, Azores and Canary Islands) to mainland Europe. Once the participants land on the continent, the basic rule applies;
  • For participants outside the above-mentioned outermost regions who are entitled to travel by plane to mainland Europe. Once on the continent, the basic rule applies;
  • In some specific situations to be assessed on a case-by-case basis (e.g. for selected applicants residing on islands part of the EU) an extra journey by train/ferry/coach, might be covered;
  • For participants with reduced mobility and/or special needs. Costs to be assessed on a case by case basis according to their needs. Costs of special assistance (accompanying person, dog for visually impaired participants, etc.) might be covered based on the appropriate documents for justifying their special needs, as required under the national law of the residence country.
     

C.19 What are reservations costs, and are they included?

Trains reservations are required for some high-speed trains, some Intercity trains, and all overnight trains. 

The cost of seat reservations is not included in the flexible travel pass and it will not be covered by the European Commission.

However, with your travel pass, you can easily travel without seat reservations on many trains across Europe. For some routes, which include trains with mandatory seat reservations, it is possible to choose regional trains instead. This means you can travel between two cities connected with high-speed trains by taking slower or alternative routes with regional trains and avoid reservation costs. With the DiscoverEU Travel App you can easily filter out trains with reservations when you plan your journey. Check also the infographic on how to avoid reservation costs.

With the fixed travel option, reservations are included (see rule C5).
 

C.20 Are any of the following expenses included: accommodation, subsistence or any other expenses related to the travel?

No. The action does not cover these costs. Accommodation and subsistence costs, as well as travel expenses created by the participants' preferences (e.g. starting your travel from another country) or any other expenses related to the travel shall be covered by the participants. However, the contractor will provide you with the DiscoverEU discount card, which offers discounts on accommodation, luggage storage and many other services throughout Europe (please check the following link for more information).

The participants should acquire appropriate health and travel insurance for the whole duration of the travel. Basic health insurance coverage is usually provided by the participant's national health insurance during their stay in another EU country through the European Health Insurance Card. However, the coverage of the European Health Insurance Card or private health insurance may not include all possible cases, especially if repatriation or specific medical intervention is needed. In that case, a complimentary private insurance is advisable.
 

C.21 Will the European Commission help participants with booking accommodation?

No. Booking accommodation is the sole responsibility of the participant. It is highly recommended not to book accommodation until you have received your travel pass.
 

C.22 Where can I find information on current travel restrictions in the EU?

Participants can find information on the various measures in place in the EU Member States like quarantine and testing requirements for travellers via the website re-open EU. It includes information on the EU Digital COVID certificate to help exercise the right to free movement, mobile Corona virus contact tracing and warning apps. The information is updated frequently and available in 24 languages. This should help the participants to plan their travel in Europe, while staying safe and healthy.