The United Kingdom left the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) on February 1, 2020. To allow UK organizations time to align with new regulations, a transition period was decided, which ended on December 31, 2020.
In line with the .EU registry regulations, from January 1, 2021, you are no longer able to register or renew your domain if one or both applies:
Your organization or business is established in the UK but not in the EU/EEA
You live outside of the EU/EEA, and you are not an EU/EEA citizen
If you can’t establish the appropriate entity or residence within the EU/EEA, your .EU domain names will be withdrawn and will no longer work. This means you may not be able to access your .EU websites or email from January 1, 2021.
What should I do if I failed to update my contact information in time?
All the domains with UK contacts stopped working on January 1, 2021 and were moved to the "SUSPENDED" status until June 30, 2021.
During this period, it was possible to reinstate domains if registration data was updated to meet the eligibility criteria.
An eligible contact must:
- Be an EU/EEA citizen (regardless of where they live)
- Be a resident of the EU/EEA
- Run an organization or business established in the EU/EA
Starting from July 1
, no modifications of the affected domain names will be possible as the domains will be moved to the "WITHDRAWN" status. To recover the domain in this status, you should contact the .EU Domain Registry (EURid) directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
and follow the recovery procedure.
Should you still wish to reinstate a domain name in the “WITHDRAWN” status, provided you meet the .EU eligibility criteria, you will need to contact EURid directly, as soon as possible and no later than December 31, 2021. If the request is evaluated positively, the .EU Domain Registry will activate the domain name with the provided registration data.
On January 1, 2022, all the domain names formerly assigned to UK registrants in the "WITHDRAWN" status, will be revoked and subsequently become available for general registration.
Will I need a new top-level domain?
If you are a UK resident or organization with no residence or legal entity in the EEA, then yes, you will need to register a new top-level domain (TLD). Fortunately, there is a wide variety of globally recognized domains
available to choose from, including .COM
If you have further questions, our Support Team
is on hand 24/7 to provide help and advice.