Last chance for British 18-20 year olds to apply for a free European rail pass

Some Brits between the ages of 18 and 20 can still apply for a free European rail pass, but only for a week longer.

This is the last time young adults in the UK will be able to apply for the Discover EU Pass, which is generally only available to 18-year-olds from EU member states.

This application round is open to all young Europeans born between July 1, 2001 and December 31, 2003.

The UK age range and inclusion has been extended due to the fact that young people did not participate in the program when travel was stopped in the event of the pandemic.

“Under the terms of the UK’s withdrawal agreement from the European Union, UK citizens are eligible to participate in the 2021 cycle, as they were eligible for cycles canceled in 2020 whose budget was shifted to 2021,” explains the European Youth Portal. website.

The pass allows young Europeans to travel free on European trains for up to 30 days – for this batch of successful applicants, it will be valid for journeys made between March 2022 and February 2023.

Given the ongoing pandemic and local travel restrictions across Europe, pass holders will be able to make flexible bookings through a new mobile travel app, which allows them to change the departure date until the time of departure. their departure.

Created shortly before the pandemic in 2018, the Discover EU program is funded by the European Parliament, with two rounds of requests per year for a total of 60,000 passes.

Each EU member state is given a certain quota of laissez-passer – usually for 18-year-olds only, but the 2021 cycle has been extended to 19 and 20-year-olds who may have missed the last two years of the program.

The only criteria are: be between 18 and 20 years old, be a member of an EU state or the UK and have a valid passport.

To apply, young people must complete an online application form and take a short quiz on EU Member States.

They can also apply in groups of up to four people.

However, this is a competitive process – in the 2018-19 cycle, almost 350,000 young people applied, with the highest numbers in Italy, France and Spain.

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