.eu registration changes and Brexit
Due to the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, the European Commission has decided how .eu domains will be managed for UK residents. Based on the European Commission's decision, effective immediately, GoDaddy will stop selling .eu domain names to customers with a UK registrant contact on their domain name.
Per the EURid Brexit notice, any currently registered .eu domain name with an existing United Kingdom registrant contact address will be deactivated on January 1, 2021. The domain will remain in your account until December 31, 2020, or the domain expiration date, whichever comes first. Upon reaching the expiration date or December 31, 2020, the domain will be removed from your account. Prior to December 31, 2020, you can reactivate your domain name by updating your domain registrant contact information to a valid European Union address that is not in the UK.
What are my options?
- If you have a valid address in the European Union that is not in the UK — you can update your domain registrant contact to keep the domain valid. Please note that you must use a valid registrant contact address according to valid ICANN guidelines. You must make these updates prior to December 31, 2020 to maintain your domain registration.
- If you do not have a valid address — on December 31, 2020, your domain name will be deactivated and removed from your account. You can register a different domain name, such as .uk and .co.uk domains.
If you decide to register a different domain, you will need to update your services with us to use the domain. Below is a list of help articles for changing domains on the different services with us. If you have a custom-built website, you may need to update your website links and URLs to use the new domain.
- Websites + Marketing — Connect my site to a domain
- Hosting — cPanel / Plesk
- Managed WordPress — Change the domain on my Managed WordPress website
- Microsoft 365 — Change the domain on my Microsoft 365 email account
- SSL Certificates — Change the domain name (common name) on my SSL certificate
What happens next?
GoDaddy will be sending out communications to our customers in the UK as we draw closer to the transition period end date, December 31, 2020. If you're affected by these Brexit changes, you'll need to take action as soon as possible by updating your domain contact information or registering a different domain.