.eu domain and Brexit

Update on .eu domains after Brexit: what solutions for the British owners of .eu domain names?

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.eu domain and Brexit

The impending withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union is called Brexit.
With Brexit, British citizens will lose their residence within European territory, a necessary requirement for the allocation of .eu domains.
In this regard, EURid, the .eu domain registry, has published a Brexit action plan, following the European Commission's communication that companies and organizations in the UK would no longer be eligible to hold .eu domain names.

Below is a brief overview of this action plan, consisting of two different scenarios, concerning existing domain names or registered with the GB or GI country code.


The United Kingdom leaves Europe on 30 March 2019

New registrations: from 30 March 2019, 00:00:00 CET, EURid will NOT allow the registration of any new domain name where the registrant country code is either GB/GI.

Existing domains: as of 30 May 2019, 00:00:00 CET, all registrants who did not demonstrate their eligibility will be deemed ineligible and their domain names will be WITHDRAWN. A WITHDRAWN domain name no longer functions and no longer support any active services. On 30 March 2020, 00:00:00 CET, all the affected domain names will be REVOKED, and will become available for general registration.
During the period 30 March 2019 - 30 May 2019:

  • the automatic renewal of the domain will not be carried out,
  • it will not be possible to extend the registration period,
  • it will be possible to transfer the domain to a non-GB / GI registrant.

The United Kingdom leaves Europe after a transition period on 31 December 2020 or later

New registrations: from 1 January 2021, 00:00:00 CET, EURid will NOT allow the registration of any new domain name where the registrant country code is either GB/GI.

Existing domains: as of 2 March 2021, 00:00:00 CET, all registrants who did not demonstrate their eligibility will be deemed ineligible and their domain names will be WITHDRAWN. A WITHDRAWN domain name no longer functions and no longer support any active services. On 1 January 2022, 00:00:00 CET, all the affected domain names will be REVOKED, and will become available for general registration.
During the period 1 January 2021 - 2 March 2021:

  • the automatic renewal of the domain will not be carried out,
  • it will not be possible to extend the registration period,
  • it will be possible to transfer the domain to a non-GB / GI registrant.

For more information, or if you find yourself in this situation, do not hesitate to contact our Staff, immediately ready to help you.
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