These changes impact UK residents and entities that have registered .EU domains. The transition period allowing UK residents and citizens to own .eu domains ended on December 31, 2020. EURid enforced the following measures:
1. New registrations
As of 1 January 2021, 00:00:00 CET, EURid does NOT allow the registration, or transfer, of any new domain name by UK registrants.
2. Existing registrations
On 1 October 2020, EURid notified all UK registrants and their registrars that they would lose their eligibility as of 1 January 2021 unless they demonstrated their compliance with the .eu regulatory framework by updating their registration data.
On 21 December 2020, EURid notified 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 1 January 2021, EURid notified by email all UK registrants and their registrars that their domain name was no longer compliant with the .eu regulatory framework and therefore, it would be moved to the so-called “SUSPENDED” status until 31 March 2021. A domain name in the “SUSPENDED” status can no longer support any service (such as website and email), but may still be reinstated if registration data is updated to meet the eligibility criteria.
On 1 April 2021, EURid will once again notify by email all UK registrants and their registrars that their domain name is no longer compliant with the .eu regulatory framework and consequently is moved to the so-called “WITHDRAWN” status. A domain name in the “WITHDRAWN”status is not in the zone file and cannot support any service.
On 1 January 2022, all the domain names in the “WITHDRAWN” status, formerly assigned to UK registrants, will be “REVOKED” and subsequently, become “AVAILABLE” for general registration. Their release will occur in batches for security reasons.
- European Union citizens who are residing in the United Kingdom will remain eligible to hold a .eu domain name after the end of the transition period provided they update their registration data with their EU citizenship. Please consult the FAQ: How can I update my registration based on my citizenship?
- United Kingdom citizens residing in a European Union Member State will continue to be eligible to hold a .eu domain name after the transition period based on their residence. However, United Kingdom citizens residing outside of the Union Member States, will no longer be eligible to hold a .eu domain name after the end of the transition period.
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