British .eu registrants have been given a final reminder that unless they update their registration details to an eligible address by 30 June 2021, their domain names will be “withdrawn” on 1 July 2021. The only exception is for those .eu registrants within the UK who are citizens of the European Union or the wider European Economic Area.
Eligibility for .eu domain names is restricted to businesses with an office in the European Union or wider European Economic Area, or citizens of the EU or EEA no matter where they live in the world. As a result of Brexit and at the end of the Brexit transition period, on 1 January 2021 around 81,000 British-based .eu registrants found their domain names had become “suspended”, meaning their domain names would not resolve to websites and emails would not transmit as they were ineligible to hold or register .eu domains.
Last week (16 June) EURid issued a final reminder to all registrars and their UK registrants whose .eu domain names were suspended on 1 January 2021. The reminder states that unless registration details are updated by 30 June 2021, their domain names will be “withdrawn” on 1 July 2021. A domain name in the “withdrawn” status is not in the zone file and cannot support any service.
Twelve months after the end of the Brexit transition period on 1 January 2022, all the affected domain names will be “revoked” and will become “available” for general registration. Their release will occur in batches from the time they become available.
The number of .eu registrations to British registrants which, going by EURid’s end of quarter reports, peaked at around 323,000 at the end of the first quarter of 2018. Currently there are over 51,000 .eu domain names registered to British registrants, although how many of these are eligible with EU/EEA addresses is not known.