.eu registration changes and Brexit
As the UK has chosen to leave the EU, there will be an impact on users with .eu domain names.
The transition period for Brexit will end on 31 December 2020. From 1 January 2021, you will no longer be able to register or renew any existing .eu domains, unless:
- Your business, organisation or undertaking has an EU or EEA address;
- You have an EU or EEA citizenship; or
- You have an EU or EEA residence.
What happens to my existing .eu domain?
If you haven’t updated the details associated with your .eu domain to show any of the above information, then your domain will have been suspended by EURid, in-line with their Brexit policy. Any services associated with an ineligible .eu domain, such as websites or email, will also become inoperable.
If you wish to keep your .eu domain, you will need to update your details to show your EU/EEA citizenship, residence or business address by 31 March 2021. Once you have done this, your details will then need to be validated by EURid, which may take up to 72 hours.
If you are unable to provide this information, your .eu domain will be withdrawn by EURid and removed from your 123 Reg account on 1 April 2021. After this, any updates to the domain will no longer be possible through us and will instead need to be submitted directly to EURid. You will also need to assign any connected products and services, as outlined above, to a different domain name to ensure their continued operation.
EURid is the registry responsible for the day-to-day running of the .eu top-level domain. For more details about their Brexit policy, be sure to read their full notice here.
How do I update my details?
Simply log in to your 123 Reg Control Panel and update the relevant details associated with your .eu domain, such as your address or citizenship. For more information on how to do this, please read our Support article: How do I modify the contact information for my domain name?
Can I register a new .eu domain?
Any new .eu domain registrations will require you to submit details regarding your EU/EEA citizenship, business address or residence. This means that any new registrations cannot be completed with a UK residence, business address or citizenship.
How can I change my domain name to a non .eu domain?
You’ll need to consider getting a new domain name. From there, you can migrate your existing website and associated products over to it. Our Support teams will be happy to help you migrate everything quickly and securely. Alternatively, you can follow the instructions outlined for each product:
What should I do if I lose my .eu domain on 1 April 2021?
If you haven’t updated your .eu domain by 1 April 2021 but believe that you meet the eligibility criteria, you should contact EURid directly by emailing them on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: this is subject to change based on the sole decision of EURid.
What happens next?
As EURid issues more notices about the eligibility of .eu domains in regards to Brexit, we will provide any further information as it becomes available via email and within this Support article.