Why is my domain name in quarantine? How can I restore it?
Your domain name is in quarantine because it has been deleted. Names are put into quarantine for 40 days, but can be reactivated at any point while in quarantine. During the quarantine period, websites or email addresses attached to the names no longer work. Once the quarantine period has passed, the domain names are released and can be registered by anyone on a first-come-first-served basis. Look up the domain name in the WHOIS search box to find out on what date it will once again be available for registration.
To reactivate your domain name before the end of its quarantine period, please contact your registrar. Alternatively you can transfer your domain to a new registrar who will reactivate your domain name. Please consult your registrar about the related costs.
There are three reasons for which a domain name can be deleted:
- The domain name holder no longer wants the name. In this case, the 40-day quarantine serves as a cooling off period. The name can still be reactivated within the quarantine period if the domain name holder decides they would like to keep the name after all.
- The domain name holder has not paid the renewal fee and their registrar has been forced to delete the name because of outstanding payment. After 40 days in quarantine the domain name will be released for general registration on a first-come, first-served basis, unless the holder chooses to reactivate it before then.
- The domain name has been revoked by EURid because the domain name holder did not meet the eligibility criteria. Revoked domain names can only be reactivated by EURid.