ccTLD Update – .EU domains and Brexit, and the second round of .TH registrations

Update on .EU domains and Brexit

EURid, the Registry for .EU domain names, has issued a communication on 25 May 2020 concerning the .EU domains registered by UK entities and residents.

The communication highlights that during the transition period (until at least 31 December 2020), registrants of .EU domains established in the United Kingdom and United Kingdom residents and citizens will continue to be able to hold and register a .EU domain name.

After the transition period, registrants of .EU domain names who are from the United Kingdom (natural and legal persons) and third country nationals (i.e. persons who are not a Union citizen) will no longer be eligible to hold a .EU domain name. On 1 January 2021 any current .EU domain name registered to a UK registrant who did not demonstrate his/her/its eligibility will be withdrawn and subsequently deleted.

You can read the full announcement here. The transition period will end on 31 December 2020 unless the European Union and the United Kingdom agree an extension of that period before 1 July 2020.

Thailand: Registrations re-open directly under .TH

As we informed you a few months ago TH NIC, the registry for .TH domains, is re-opening the second round of registrations directly under .TH on 1 June 2020.

Domain applicants can be any natural person, juristic person, or organisation that is established in Thailand or operates under Thai law or a foreign entity that owns a registered Thai trademark. Furthermore the domain must be based on the name of a business, a Thai registered trademark, or an identical name under a second-level domain. Documentation will be required.

Categories of applications are ranked by highest to lowest priority as follows and applicants must specify the category of the application:

  • Category 1: Trade Mark registered in Thailand.
  • Category 2: Foreign Trade Mark, a representative in Thailand must be provided.
  • Category 3: Identical name with name under a second-level TLD: .CO.TH, .AC.TH, .OR.TH, etc; except for registered domain names under .IN.TH, which will not be included.
  • Category 4: All types of organisations that do not fall under the above categories.

The timeline for this round is as follows:

  • Application Period: from 1 June to July 31 2020.
  • Qualified applications will be announced on 3 August 2020.
  • Review of qualified applications will be between 3 August to 7 August 2020.
  • Approved applications will be announced on 10 August 2020.

Every approved .TH second-level name will acquire a privilege right to use one .ไทย (dot thai).

The next round will be opened from 1 October to 30 November 2020

Should you wish to place an order, or require further information, please contact us or your Client Manager.