Owning a .eu domain in the UK after the Brexit transition period

Whether you want to trade in the EU or just protect your brand after the Brexit transition period, owning a .eu domain is a good idea.  However, if you're UK based, you might lose existing domains and not be able to register any new ones, very soon.

The current position (as at October 2020) is that .eu domains cannot be registered to non-EU citizens and non-EU businesses from 1 January 2021.

Crucially, it's still possible to register and own a .eu domain in the UK if:

  • you are an EU citizen (including dual UK and EU citizen, for example UK and Irish passport holder)
  • you have an EU-based subsidary or stand-alone business which is properly registered and "resident" in an EU country.

Here's how to keep your existing .eu domains or register new ones in a post-transition world:

Scenario 1: you already have .eu domains (with any provider) and you personally have EU citizenship and a passport for that citizenship

  1. Set up an Enbecom Account in your personal name.  Simply email us and ask us to set one up, including in the message that it's for the purposes of transferring in .eu domains.
  2. Open a support ticket in your personal Enbecom Account, asking to transfer [list the .eu domains] into this Enbecom Account.  Include details of which provider you have the domains currently registered with.
  3. We'll take you through the transfer process.  This will include emailing us a high-quality scan of the photo page of your EU passport.

If you already have web hosting with us as part of an existing account, we will happily handle the pointing of your .eu domains to that account so they will still work.  You'll need to have a non .eu primary domain for your existing web hosting.

You'll need to be comfortable with registration and billing being in your personal name and not that of your business.  Registration details are made publicly available, subject to data protection rules.  There may be transfer fees levied by an existing provider or EURID, the .eu registry.

Scenario 2: you already have .eu domains (with any provider) and you have an EU-based business

  1. Set up an Enbecom Account in the name of the EU-based business.  Simply email us and ask us to set one up, including in the message that it's for the purposes of transferring in .eu domains.
  2. Open a support ticket in your newly created Enbecom Account, asking to transfer [list the .eu domains] into this Enbecom Account.  Include details of which provider you have the domains currently registered with.
  3. We'll take you through the transfer process.  This may include sending us scanned documentation evidencing the existence of your EU-based business.

If you already have web hosting with us as part of your existing account, we will happily handle the pointing of your .eu domains to that account so they will still work.  You'll need to have a non .eu primary domain for your existing web hosting.  There may be transfer fees levied by an existing provider or EURID, the .eu registry.

Scenario 3: you already have .eu domains (with any provider) and a trusted close contact with a genuine connection to what the domain is used for (e.g the business) has EU citizenship and a passport for that citizenship - and has agreed to take on the responsibility of owning the domain.

Before you start: your trusted close contact should have a genuine connection to what the domain is used for.

  1. Your trusted contact needs to open up an Enbecom Account in their personal name.  They can simply email us and ask us to set one up, including in the message that it's for the purposes of transferring in .eu domains.
  2. They then open a new support ticket in their Enbecom Account, asking to transfer [list the .eu domains] into this Enbecom Account.  They need to include details of which provider you have the domains currently registered with.
  3. You (as existing domain owner) then need to email us, making the same request, providing details of the domains, current providers and the ticket reference number provided to your close contact.
  4. We'll take you and the close contact through the process.  This will include sending over a scanned EU passport's photo page and possibly some other documentation.  Your close contact will need to agree to terms and conditions, as well as putting a payment method on file with us.

If you already have web hosting with us as part of an existing account, we will happily handle the pointing of your .eu domains to that account so they will still work.  You'll need to have a non .eu primary domain for your existing web hosting.  There may be transfer fees levied by an existing provider or EURID, the .eu registry.

Really important: from the point of transfer onwards, ownership of the domain will be with the close contact.  You will have no rights whatsoever over the domain and we will not be able to accept any instructions or queries from you in relation to the domain(s).  Registration details are made publicly available, subject to data protection rules.  The domain's new owner will be responsible for what the domain is used for, so may have the domain revoked or even subject to legal action if it is used for a prohibited and/or illegal purpose.  Think carefully about all of this before requesting a transfer to someone else.

Scenario 4: you would like to register an .eu domain in the name of an EU business or citizen

Simply buy the domain through our website, providing the EU citizen or business details when setting up the Enbecom Account.  If you already have an Enbecom Account in the name of a UK individual or entity, you'll need to open a new account for the EU citizen or business but don't worry - you can easily point the .eu domains to websites held in a different account.

As part of the registration process, we will ask for scanned documentation such as an EU passport or business documentation.

If you have any further questions...

  • If you have an Enbecom Account, log in and open a support ticket
  • If you don't have an Enbecom Account, email us
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