The .eu domain names can only be registered by EU residents, EU citizens, and EU entities. On February 1, 2020, the United Kingdom officially left the EU. The transition period ends on December 31, 2020.
This means that on January 1, 2021, UK residents and businesses will not be eligible to own a .eu domain name. The .EU TLD Registry (EURid) has published a plan to provide additional information for the domain owners that will be affected by this.
The transition period will end on 31 December 2020. At the end of the transition period, EURid will enforce the following measures:
Here's what will happen once the transition period ends on December 31:
1. New Registrations
As from January 1, 2021, 00:00:00 CET, EURid will NOT allow the registration of any new domain names by UK registrants.
From that date, EURid will allow neither the transfer nor the transfer through an update, of any domain name to a UK registrant.
2. Existing Registrations
On October 1, 2020, EURid will notify by email all UK registrants and their registrars that they will lose their eligibility as of January 1, 2021, unless they demonstrate their compliance with the .eu regulatory framework by updating their registration data before December 31, 2020. You can do so by indicating a legally established entity in one of the eligible Union Member States, or updating your residence to a Union Member State, or proving your citizenship of a Union Member State irrespective of their residence.
On December 21, 2020, EURid will notify by email all UK registrants who did not demonstrate continued compliance with the eligibility criteria and their registrars about the risk of forthcoming non-compliance with the .eu regulatory framework.
On January 1, 2021, as of 00:00:00 CET, EURid will again notify by email all UK registrants and their registrars that their domain name(s) is(are) no longer compliant with the .eu regulatory framework and is(are) consequently withdrawn.
As of January 1, 2021, 00:00:00 CET, the domain name(s) of any UK registrant who did not demonstrate his/her/its eligibility will be WITHDRAWN. A withdrawn domain name no longer functions, as the domain name is removed from the zone file and can no longer support any active services (such as websites or email).
Twelve months after the end of the transition period, i.e. on January 1, 2022, 00:00:00 CET, all the affected domain names will be REVOKED and will become AVAILABLE for general registration. Their release will occur in batches from the time they become available.
What Does It Mean To You?
If you're a UK resident and own .eu domain name, you need to take action if you plan to keep your .eu domain name as soon as possible. To be eligible to keep your .eu domain, you need to meet ONE of these requirements:
- Be an EU citizen. This means that you have citizenship status in one of the active EU member states. You'll need to show proof of your citizenship.
- Be an EU resident. If you live in one of the EU member states and/or have residency status but you're not an EU citizen.
- Be an organization established in the EU. A business established in one of the EU member states.
Contact our support if you need to verify your EU citizenship status to keep your domain names.
What If I Don't Meet Eligibility Requirements?
If you don't meet one of the eligibility requirements, you will lose your .eu domain name.
We recommend you plan early and buy a new domain name to switch your website to. If your audience is local, we have several UK domain name extensions:
If your audience is international, consider other general domain extensions such as .com, .net, .info, .biz, etc.
Don't forget, you can also buy new specialized domain extensions to cater to your niche. For example, .blog, .pro, .accountant, .agency, .solutions.
We offer over 480 domain extensions. You'll be able to find something that fits your needs. If you need any help, don't hesitate to contact our support. We understand this may not be an easy transition, but we're here to help make it as smooth as it can possibly be.