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.swiss

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

A new registration will be put on hold for a period of at least 20 days in which the registry validates the application and other registrants can apply for the same domain name. Only after this validation, the domain will be activated.

Successful domain transfer via RCP or API requires:


During the transfer period which can take 6 days, the current provider or the owner can reject to the transfer.

The registration period after a successful transfer will extend with 1 year, unless the transfer is ordered within the domain's auto-renew grace period at the previous registrar.

Problems transferring your domain?
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Authorization code required yes
Method of confirmation authcode,email
Registration period after transfer extends
Average transfer time Max. 6 days
Advanced and simple transfers available Contact our Sales department to check if easy transfer of 100 or more .swiss domains is available.

Owner change (trade)

  • requested as a normal domain update via RCP or API
  • processed realtime
  • both previous and new registrant will receive an e-mail. This is a notification only, no action is required.
  • registrant e-mail address verification applies

Other update

  • requested via RCP or API
  • processed realtime

 

If as part of the update the domain owner’s e-mail address changes, we’re obliged to start a contact verification process if this new e-mail address was not verified before.

Delete

Explicit delete

  • Requested via RCP or API
  • processed realtime
  • will directly result in quarantine (redemption period)  (no soft quarantine applies)


Expiration
In case the domain expires (not renewed in time);

  • will not be deleted directly at the registry
  • will lead to soft quarantine, followed by regular quarantine

Restore / reactivate

  • restore / reactivation supported via RCP or API
  • quarantine periods can be found under
    Detailed extension information > Technical information > Quarantine period
  • After quarantine, 5 days PendingDelete period (restore not possible)
Registry
Domain lifecycle
Technical information
  • 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: 0 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: 44 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: 28 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
  • Only Swiss public bodies or other public law organizations and bodies registered with the Swiss commercial register having their headquarters and an actual administrative site in Switzerland can register .swiss domains.
  • Physical persons cannot apply for a .swiss domain.
  • Registrants must have an objective relationship with the domain name.
Policies
  • Rules for Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy: http://www.icann.org/en/help/dndr/udrp/rules
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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