Brexit Beware .eu Domains Prepare!
It’s impossible not to be concerned about Brexit and how will affect your business within the UK, this especially rings true if you have dealings within the EU. Following recent developments it has been brought to the attention of every business registered within the UK who owns a .eu domain website they will no longer be able to use their .eu domains.
The full notice from the registry can be viewed here: https://eurid.eu/en/register-a-eu-domain/brexit-notice.
In short, the .eu registry, EURid, will revoke existing rights to all .eu domain names where the registrant contact data uses a GB (UK) or GI (Gibraltar) country code. The registry have detailed two scenarios come March 30th that will affect everyone.
- If there is no deal agreed prior to the 30th March
You won’t be able to register a new .eu domain name with a GB/GI postal address
If you currently hold a .eu domain you have from 30 March 2019 to 30 May 2019, 00:00:00 CEST before it is closed down if it’s not transferred to an eligible EU registrant. You will not be able to transfer your domain to a GB/GI country code registrant during this period.
After 31 December 2019, 00:00:00 CEST, non-compliant domains will be shut down by the registry. This means that they, and any related services, will no longer function. However, they will remain in the registry’s database. On 30 March 2020 00:00:00 CET, all withdrawn domain names will be revoked from the registry’s database and made available for registration to eligible EU registrants.
- If the UK leaves the EU after a transitional period ending 31 December 2020 (or later)
The same rules apply as before however the time scales change. Between 23 December 2020 and 2 March 2021, 00:00:00 CET, there will be a transitional period, enabling registrants to update the domain’s contact data to comply with the EU rules.
What to do if you own a EU domain?
If you’re a resident or have a legal entity such as a business or organisation within one of the remaining 27 member states, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you can update the registrant contact details now with a legitimate EU address.
Alternatively, you can transition your website traffic to a non-.eu equivalent domain. It’s important you act quickly to minimise the effect this ruling will have on your business.
We understand that is may come as a shock to those holding an EU domain however we are here to help. Here at AsOne we can help you with your migration from your .eu domain or any of the points discussed in this blog. Feel free to contact us via our contact page online here.