Brexit, and the impact on .EU domain names, sound the alarm?

Update 05-11-2018

It seems very likely the two scenarios posted below are the most likely outcome as we quickly move towards the deadline of 29th of March 2019.

(1) If the UK exits the EU and becomes a temporary member of the European Economic Area (EEA) there will be no issue until the duration of such membership.

(2) If however, it turns out to be a “hard Brexit” or “no deal Brexit” than registrars are no longer in a position to service UK registrants for .EU domain names. Please read the below article if the situation is applicable to you as a reseller.


I do not think it is time to sound the alarm yet, but some caution and some thinking ahead of the Brexit might be advised when it comes to .EU domain names and Brittish registrants.

Who will be affected?

Organizations that are established in the United Kingdom but not in the EU and natural persons who reside in the United Kingdom.


The above-listed persons or organizations will no longer be eligible to register .eu domain names or, if they are .eu registrants, to renew .eu domain names registered before the withdrawal date. Accredited .eu Registrars will not be entitled to process any request for the registration of or for renewing registrations of .eu domain names by those undertakings, organizations, and persons.

Relevant dates

Measures are effective as from 1 January 2021 or, in case that there was no withdrawal agreement in force prior to 30 March 2019, as from 30 March 2019. Negotiations are ongoing with the United Kingdom and the EU to come up a withdrawal agreement.

What to do?

At the moment there is little information to go about. The latest status update can be located here, we urge our customers to check this website often for more information.

If the EC really wants to push through remains to be seen, given the current status between the UK and the EU it looks pretty grim. It is advisable to contact high profile customers (if you have them) who have a .EU domain name and match the criteria mentioned earlier on.

A possible solution for Brittish registrants is to update the domain names via their European (non-UK) address (if available). We highly advise against the use of proxy solutions as they are in violation of Eurid’s terms and conditions. One can expect that after the Brexit, Eurid might monitor affected domain names and enforce their terms and conditions.

Using incorrect registrant information is always ill-advised and a violation of Registrar and Registry terms and conditions.

Registration changes for .ES and new contractual obligations for our resellers.

And it is not going to get easier for sure.

At the moment we run a validation process, this process also makes sure that there is a registration contract between Realtime Register, Esnic and the registrant, as required by the registry. An easy process for you as a reseller.

However, with the GDPR and some local laws in Spain which go beyond the original purpose of domain name registrations, the contractual requirements for the registrant and reseller increased in such a manner that we are no longer in a position to create such contracts for our resellers in a one size fits all solution.

As a result, we pass this obligation to our resellers once more for .ES domain names to ensure maximum flexibility for your registration processes towards your customers.

However, the changes made by Esnic require that you obtain explicit consent from your customer/registrant for several obligations. Below is a sample provided by Esnic.


The template is for reference purposes only. In addition to this registrants will need to enter into a registration contract with Esnic, which is located here.

We urge our resellers to create registration agreements as suggested by Esnic. Not having a registration contract regarding .ES is not an option as Esnic processes personal data in a different manner compared to other EU registries and beyond the primary purpose of domain name registrations.

Update since 11-10-2018 we are no longer validating .ES registrant contact handles.

Over 30 ccTLDs added and more to come

At Realtime Register, we aim to empower our partners’ businesses by providing an extensive collection of TLDs to choose from. That’s why we’re excited to introduce more than 30 new ccTLDs!  Give your customers the opportunity to get their share of one of the fastest emerging markets worldwide by adding the Brazilian extension to your TLD portfolio! And did you know that .io is still one of the hottest domain name extensions for startups and tech companies? New business opportunities await! You’ll find an overview of your prices of in your Domain Manager.

.ac Ascension Island
.ae United Arab Emirates
.al Albania
.al second level Albania
.ar second level Argentina
.as American Samoa
.bd second level Bangladesh
.bg Bulgaria
.br second level Brazil
.ci Cote d’Ivoire
.cl Chile
.cr Costa Rica
.cr second level Costa Rica
.cu Cuba
.cu second level Cuba
.do Dominican Republic
.do second level Dominican Republic
.ec Ecuador
.ec second level Ecuador
.fi Finland
.gg Guernsey
.gr Greece
.gr second level Greece
.gs South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands
.hm Heard en McDonaldeilanden
.id second level Indonesia
.il second level Israel
.io British Indian Ocean Territory
.is Iceland
.je Jersey
.ke second level Kenya
.kr Korea, Republic Of
.kr second level Korea, Republic Of
.kz Kazakhstan
.kz second level Kazakhstan
.lu Luxembourg
.ma Morocco
.ma second level Morocco
.mt second level Malta
.my Malaysia
.my second level Malaysia
.ng Nigeria
.ng second level Nigeria
.ni Nicaragua
.ni second level Nicaragua
.pe Peru
.pe second level Peru
.ph second level Philippines
.ph Philippines
.sd Sudan
.sr Suriname
.tr second level Turkey
.ua Ukraine
.ua second level Ukraine
.vn second level Viet Nam
.vn Viet Nam

.ME reaches one million milestone!

Last Thursday, March 31, the .ME registry informed us they passed the one million milestone. Congratulations from all of us at Realtime Register! To celebrate this success with the  .ME registry we have a great offer for .me, until June 30 2016 new registrations are only 6,99 EUR!

Read more about the background of  .ME in this infographic.

Some background information about .me


When pigs can fly…

Ever wondered why the mascot of .CO is a piggy with wings?

.CO is more than just an ending for your URLIt all started in 2009, when the Colombian government issued a bid for the country code domain extension .CO. Juan Diego Calle, co founder, and former CEO of .CO Internet SAS, realized how hard it became to get a good short dot com domain name. Remember, it was 2009, and all the new TLDs were not even a blip on the internet radar. He had a ‘light bulb moment’ realizing that Colombia’s ccTLD could also mean “company”.

This was the base of their successful entry strategy, positioning .CO as a strong domain brand for young, challenging (internet) companies, entrepreneurs, and start-ups. Being a “hip” alternative for a .COM domain name.

As many start-ups, the fledgling registry met a lot of skepticism. It should be around that time that the people of CO Internet SAS were often told: “dot CO as an alternative for .COM? … Yeah when pigs can fly”. The people of .CO took the challenge, worked hard, and proved all naysayers wrong. Currently, over 1.8 million .CO domain names are registered, ranking the extension at number 21 of all TLDs.

And the flying pig? It became their charming mascot, a popular giveaway at all trade shows where .CO is represented. Now in 2015 .CO celebrates its fifth anniversary, congratulations on a job well done, and keep flying high!