Having a universal key to unlock a wheelchair accessible bathroom or elevator in Europe will improve your trip. Many times, bathrooms are locked, so that customers would have to ask the attendant for a key. But what happens when the staff doesn’t have any bathroom keys to give you?
Don’t worry! We’re here to help! This quick guide will spotlight two different keys to use in Europe, and the things you can do to make the best of having a special key for restrooms and elevators.
What Are These Keys?
“Europe should have a locking system in place where handicapped individuals can open any designated wheelchair-accessible toilets with a universal key,” says Amber Damien. “While there are two different keys to use in Europe, most parts of the country will have you use the Euro Key. However, if you’re in the UK, you’ll need the UK RADAR Key. Having a universal key like the Euro Key and the UK RADAR Key gives you access to toilets and elevators in places like stations, museums, shopping centers, among other places in Europe.”
Where Can You Use These Keys?
Let’s dive deeper with both keys.
Euro Keys can be used at more than 12,000 locations in the following places:
- Czech Republic
- The Netherlands
As for the RADAR Key, it can be used to open over 10,000 handicapped toilets in the UK. Recently getting a custom change (with the blue heart part of the key being made of rubber instead of metal, so that it doesn’t burn the user), the key now possesses a good grip had has people holding it correctly – no matter their hand condition (i.e. heat sensitivity, carpal tunnel, etc.).
In reality, it doesn’t matter which key you’ll use, as long as you use them responsibly.
How To Obtain These Keys
Virtually, any person with a disability is eligible to get a Euro Key, including:
- Those who use mobility scooters
- Wheelchair users
- Visually-impaired people
- Those who wear a stoma
- Blind people
- People who suffer from chronic bowel or urinary tract problems
- Other people of disability
How to get a key? For Euro Keys, you’ll need to order them CDF Standard, despite its website being in German. During the ordering process, you’ll need to fill out a form, and send proof of your disability by sending a copy of your disability card – the front and back of it. Afterwards, you’ll need to pay with a suitable payment method, and then you should be set.
As for RADAR Keys, they’re said to be a lot cheaper than Euro Keys. Plus, when you order the RADAR Key, you’ll get a free Blue Badge Co keychain to go along with your key for easy access whenever you’re carrying it in your pocket, your bag, or anywhere else on your person. Also, like Euro Key, you’ll need to fill out an application, and provide a payment method. Afterwards, you’ll be sent your key in the mailing address that you provide.
How To Find Accessible Toilets
Once you receive your universal key in the mail, you can use it right away. How? By finding the nearest bathroom.
“You can find a verified list of locations that you can use the key at in the Euro Key’s book, which you can order online,” says Thomas Collins. “Or, you can check out RADAR Key’s website to help you find the nearest bathroom, including changing places, equipment, or additional facilities.”
In addition, you can use the Accessaloo app (iOS and Android), which helps you find an accessible bathroom near you, allows you to rate bathrooms, and lets you see reviews from other users. This app is especially helpful, if you’re looking for bathrooms that don’t require a key to get in.
So, there you have it! No longer will you have to worry about finding a bathroom that’s easy to access! No longer will you be frustrated, when you find a locked accessible toilet while you’re traveling abroad. Keep this guide in mind, the next time you find yourself in need access to a high-rated and working handicapped toilet while in Europe.