EU domain names and Brexit

Brexit notice from the .EU registry

We are more than happy to discuss your individual circumstances and try to come up with a solution but essentially what you’ll find below sums up where we are currently at.

EURid, the registry that manages the .EU domain, has released a Brexit notice detailing how the .eu regulatory framework will change as the UK’s exit comes into effect.

The .EU Brexit notice states that individuals and organisations that don’t reside within the EU will no longer be eligible to register or renew .EU domain names after the UK’s withdrawal date.

What happens from 1st January 2021 with my .EU domain?

From 1st January 2021, you will no longer be eligible to hold or register a .EU domain name if you are a UK organisation, not a resident of an EU member state, or a UK resident that isn’t an EU citizen. If your current website has a .EU domain and if you do not fulfil these criteria, it will stop working.

Keep EU domain hosting after Brexit

The only way for UK-based people and businesses to keep their .EU domains is to update their registration data with valid EU contact details.

EURid, the registry which is responsible for the day-to-day running of the EU domains, will have sent you an email on 1st October informing you that you will lose your .EU domain name

This email asks you to demonstrate your eligibility for retaining your domain name. You may be able to pass the eligibility criteria if you have your registered office, central administration, or principal place of business within the EU/EEA, are established within the EU/EEA, or are a natural person resident in the EU/EEA.

You can prove your eligibility, for example, if your company has a registered address located inside one of the remaining 27 EU countries or the European Economic Area. With valid contact details for an EU-resident individual or legally established entity, your .EU domains will be fully compliant with the changes and will continue to function normally.

If your registration details are not updated to meet the new requirements by 31st December 2020, the domain name will be suspended on 1st January 2021. This could cause serious repercussions, such as causing your website to cease functioning or affecting your email.

If you do hold EU citizenship, or have an address in the EU, and need to update your contact details for your domain, you can do this by contacting DoodleIT.

What happens if I do nothing?

If you haven’t satisfied the requirements of eligibility you will receive another email from EURid on 21st December warning you of upcoming action. The .EU domain that you’ve been using will then be suspended on 1st January 2020.

If you don’t intend to keep your .EU domain or domains post Brexit, there are still steps you can take to manage the transition. If you haven’t already done so, you should start redirecting traffic to a different domain immediately – this will introduce your new web address to users in advance, while also minimising any impact on your SEO ranking and online marketing activities.

Need an alternative domain name?  The .UK or domain is ideal for any British business looking to attract both a local and a global audience.

Any questions?

If you have any queries about any of this, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01824 702375.

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