EURid's update on UK-owned .eu domain names

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EURid has announced a three month extension to let UK owners of .eu domain names comply with new rules after Brexit

On 1 January 2021, over 81,000 .eu domain names of UK registrants were moved to the suspended status. As of 10 February, over 8,000 of these domain names have been reinstated.

EURid, the European domain name registry that operates the .eu top-level domain, is now advising businesses and individuals that these domain names will remain in suspended status until 30 June 2021 instead of the previously published date, 31 March 2021.

A suspended domain name can no longer support any service (such as website and email), but may still be reinstated if the registration data is updated to meet the eligibility criteria.

This extension of three months provides registrar and registrants that have not yet updated their registration data the opportunity to demonstrate their compliance with the .eu regulatory framework.

On 1 July 2021, the ineligible domain names will be placed in the withdrawn status. A withdrawn domain name  is not in the zone file and cannot support any service.

How do you update registration data for an .eu domain?
You can update your registration data by:

  • indicating a legally established entity in one of the eligible EU 27 or EEA Member State
  • updating your residence to a EU 27 or EEA Member State
  • proving your citizenship of a EU27 Member State irrespective of your residence

If you are an affected domain name holder, EURid urges you to contact your registrar (the company through which you registered the domain name) and update the domain name(s) contact address or citizenship as soon as possible.

You can find your registrar information in the WHOIS database. When the update of the domain name contact is completed, send EURid a message to info@eurid.eu with the domain name included.

Check out EURids latest Brexit notice for more information.


First published 12 February 2021