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About .eu Domains

The .eu country-code top-level domain name (ccTLD) is an extension that represents the European Union.

Domain names can be up to 63 characters, with a minimum of two characters, and can contain letters (a to z), numbers (0 to 9), and hyphens (except at the beginning or end of the domain name). You cannot register domain names with special characters such as & and #.

Features Availability
Who can register? Details below1
Registration length 1 - 10 years
Renewal length 1 - 10 years
Renewal restrictions Details below2
Nameserver requirements Details below3
Transfers to GoWebsite Click here for instructions
Transfers away Supported (details below)4
Trade with Account Change Click here for instructions
Trade without Account Change Click here for instructions
Private registration Not supported
Protected registration Not supported
Backorders Not supported
Bulk registration Supported
Account change Supported (details below)5
Contact updates Supported (details below)6
IDNs Not supported
Expiration/redemption Please contact customer support
Refund policy Details below7
DNSSEC Supported (details below)8
Registry EURid

Details

1 Registration requirements

Registration of .eu domain names is limited to individuals or companies from countries in the European Union.

2 Renewal restrictions

You must renew your .eu domain name by its expiration date.

If you set your domain name to auto-renew, we first attempt auto-renewal 10 days prior to the domain name's expiration date. If the renewal attempt fails, we re-attempt renewal five days prior to the domain name's expiration date. If the second attempt fails, we make a final attempt on the domain name's expiration date.

For example: Your .eu domain name expires on Jan. 31. If your domain name does not renew automatically, you can renew it manually by that date. For automatic renewals, we attempt to renew the domain name on Jan. 21, Jan. 26, and Jan. 31.

Due to time zone differences, registry updates to your .eu domain name occur very early in the day. If you decide to manually renew your domain name, we recommend that you do so prior to its expiration date.

If we cannot auto-renew the domain name and you do not manually renew it by its expiration date, you can attempt to recover it, and there might be a fee to do so. See Recovering Expired Domain Names for instructions.

3 Nameserver requirements

You can use any valid nameservers with .eu domain names. However, if you want to use custom nameservers for your .eu domain name, you must use a unique IP address for each registered host name. In your account, you can enter both the nameservers and their IP addresses in the Nameservers section. For instructions, see Set custom nameservers for domains registered with GoWebsite.

4 Transfers-away requirements

You'll need to contact your new registrar to initiate the transfer and to get more details on the transfer process.

EURid charges a non-refundable fee to transfer .eu domain names. Transfer requests can take up to 21 days to complete, depending on the transfer method. If the transfer fails for any reason, you must start over and pay the transfer fee again.

5 Account change requirements

If you update the registrant's name or organization when moving a domain name from one account with GoWebsite to another, the EURid charges a trade fee that the receiving account must pay when accepting the domain name.

6 Contact update requirements

EURid charges a fee to update the registrant's name or organization. A change of registrant is called a trade.

7 Refund policy

For details on refunds, please visit GoWebsite's Refund Policy page and look under BOTH of the following categories:

  • Products with Special Refund Terms (look under Domain Name Registrations/Renewals)
  • Products Not Eligible for Refunds

8 DNSSEC

You can configure a maximum of four (4) DS records for your .eu domain name. See Manage DNSSEC for my domain for information on managing DNSSEC for your .eu domain name and About Self-Managed DNSSEC for information on the digital signature (DS) fields required for it.

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