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.ch

This article describes the procedures and requirements of .ch domain names.
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Successful domain registration via RCP or API requires:

  • two or more nameservers or a nameserver group

 

Registration is realtime.

Note: In case a domain is presented as a "reserved domain", please contact the .ch Registry to get registration approval.

Successful domain transfer via RCP or API requires:

  • authorisation code
  • two or more nameservers or a nameserver group


Additional notes on a .ch transfer

  • The registry locks a domain for transfers for the first 60 days after the previous transfer.
    Upon request, the registry can remove this lock.
  • The registry will not send an e-mail to the domain contacts after the transfer finishes.

 

 

Authorization code required yes
Method of confirmation authcode
Registration period after transfer unchanged
Average transfer time realtime
Advanced and simple transfers available Contact our Sales department to check if easy transfer of 100 or more .ch domains is available.

Owner change (trade)

  • requested as a normal domain update via RCP or API
  • processed realtime

Other update

  • requested via RCP or API
  • processed realtime

Delete

  • requested via RCP or API
  • processed realtime
  • will result in a quarantine period

Restore / reactivate

  • restore / reactivation supported via RCP or API
  • quarantine period can be found under
    Detailed extension information > Technical information > Quarantine period
Registry
Technical information
  • DNSSEC support: no
  • Minimum length: 3 characters
  • Maximum length: 63 characters
  • Allowed characters: a-z 0-9 -
  • IDN characters: yes
  • Registration period: 1 year
  • Renewal date offset: 1 days
    The number of days before the registry's expiration date, that Openprovider requires the domain to be renewed or expired. More info.
  • Soft quarantine period: n/a days
    During this period, following after an expiration, the domain can be restored for free. This period does not apply if the domain is deleted explicitly. More info.
  • Quarantine period: 40 days
    During this period, an expired or deleted domain name can be reactivated at an additional fee.
Restrictions
  • Local presence required? no
  • Does Openprovider provide local presence services? n/a
  • Local activity required? no
  • Correct nameserver configuration required? yes
  • The Domain(s) can be registered without further limitations.
  • Nameservers must be configured and return an authoritative answer before the domain is requested.
  • Though a local presence is not required, the Swiss authority may demand a valid address for correspondence in Switzerland in special cases. If the registrant cannot provide such address, the domain may be revoked. Check 2.6 requirement & and registry cases. The rule is applicable to all .ch domains with foreign holders, but is only applied on domain names respectively registrants which partake in cybercrime, fraudulent activities or other misuse.
Policies
Registration agreement The registry requires that a registration agreement is in place between the provider and the domain holder. The text of this registration agreement and any required supplements is the following:
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