[intro] If you have a .eu domain name, this may be affected as a result of the current Brexit situation.
We’re monitoring the situation closely and it appears that in the event of a no deal Brexit, after the 29th March 2019:
- If the domain is not registered to a legitimate physical address within the EU, then you are no longer entitled to have a .eu domain name.
- If you are registered within the EU, you will have until the 30th of May 2019 to update the contact details of the domain to a legitimate address within the EU.
- If you are not registered within the EU, we recommend you purchase another domain and set your shop’s primary domain as this new domain name.
- If you already own a .eu domain name, after the 29th March, you will be unable to renew it, unless you have updated the contact details on the domain and it is registered at a legitimate EU address. A .eu domain name registered within GB will be automatically revoked after the 30th of May 2019.
What can I do?
If you own a .eu domain name, you will receive an email notification from EURid in March 2019, reminding you to update the contact details on the domain name to a legitimate physical EU address which includes country code, postal code, street, telephone number and email address.
You will have two months - up until 30th May 2019 - to make these changes, and the .eu domain names in question will remain active.
However, if you are a British resident with no EU business premises to garner EU contact details from, you will need to amend the contact details on your .eu domain accordingly and prepare for the withdrawal of the domain name on 30th May 2019.
A withdrawn domain name will no longer function or support any active services (such as a website or email) but the record of the domain will remain in the .eu registry database. If you are able to meet the eligibility requirements listed above, then the domain may be reactivated.
On the 30th March 2020, all of the affected domain names will be revoked and available for general registration by EU residents. For security and stability reasons, the release of these .eu domain names will occur in batches from the time that they become available.
We advise that you instead use a domain name extension which is not affected by this ruling, such as .fr (France) or .es (Spain) for example. These can be purchased from EKM Domains and other domain providers.
We highly recommend that you regularly review the information on the following websites, as this is liable to change as we approach March 29th 2019: