.eu

This article describes the procedures and requirements of .eu domain names.
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You can register an .eu domain through our API or control panel. This registration is real time and requires the following information:

  • the domain's contact handles (registrant, admin, etc.)
    • registrant should be located in a EU or EEA country or be a citizen of one of the EU member states.
  • two or more nameservers or a nameserver group

 

If error "The contact type registrant must meet the general eligibility criteria" is shown, the registrant does not meet the requirements. (see above)

It is not required to submit a VAT number in the handles, but when the VAT number is added, the EU registry will check if it is valid. Non valid VAT numbers will give an error.

Note that it is not allowed to mix alphabets: the domain name must be in the same alphabet (script) as the extension. That means that

  • for .eu domains, the domain name itself must be in Latin characters;
  • for .ею domains, the domain name itself must be in Cyrillic characters; and
  • for .ευ domains, the domain name itself must be in Greek characters.

You can start an .eu domain transfer through our API or control panel. This transfer is processed real time and requires the following information:

  • an authorisation code that you need to request at your current provider
    • a valid authorisation code has 4 blocks of 4 characters, for example REGE-1HAZ-W3XP-3EA1
  • the domain's contact handles (owner, administrative, etc.)
    • registrant should be located in a EU or EEA country or be a citizen of one of the EU member states.
  • two or more nameservers or a nameserver group

 

The transfer code is valid for 40 days after creation. The registration period after a successful transfer extends with 1 year.

It is not required to submit a VAT number in the handles, but when the VAT number is added, the EU registry will check if it is valid. Non valid VAT numbers will give an error.



Additional notes on a .eu transfer

  • A transfer code for a .eu domain is valid for the period of 40 days.
  • If the current registrar is not able to or does not cooperate in providing the authorization code, the registrant can request the authorization code via My .EU.
  • If My .EU is no option, the registry offers an escalation path through the registry. This should be used as a last resort only.
  • Transfer from quarantine is possible, but we still need the authorization code. Be aware that additional costs are involved. Please contact the support department and send the domain name, handles and nameservers along with the authorization code.
  • A bulk transfer is possible: Openprovider can transfer a complete or partial portfolio with as much as signing a form.
Authorization code required yes
Method of confirmation authcode
Registration period after transfer extends
Average transfer time Realtime
Advanced and simple transfers available Contact our Sales department to check if easy transfer of 100 or more .eu 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
  • Registry: EURid
  • Registry whois: whois.registry.eu
  • Registry web based whois: https://whois.eurid.eu
  • Registry zonefile updates: Realtime
Technical information
  • Available second level domains: .ею (.xn--e1a4c), .ευ (.xn--qxa6a)
  • DNSSEC support: yes
  • Minimum length: 3 characters
  • Maximum length: 63 characters
  • Allowed characters: a-z 0-9 -
  • IDN characters: yes
  • Registration period: 1-10 years
  • 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.
    Note that the dates as shown in your Openprovider account are always leading, even if they do not match the renewal date offset mentioned here.
  • 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: 38 days
    During this period, an expired or deleted domain name can be reactivated at an additional fee.
Restrictions
  • Local presence required? yes
  • Does Openprovider provide local presence services? no
  • Local activity required? no
  • Correct nameserver configuration required? no
  • A contact of type registrant should be located in a EU or EEA country or be a citizen of one of the EU member states
  • For .eu domains, the domain name itself must be in Latin characters
  • For .ею domains, the domain name itself must be in Cyrillic characters
  • For .ευ domains, the domain name itself must be in Greek characters
  • Please always indicate real data of registrant. Invalid data may lead to suspension of your domain by the registry until the registry receives real documents proving your ID. Domain owner will receive email notification in a case of invalid data.
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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