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Introduced 1997
TLD type Country code top-level domain
Status Active
Registry AFNIC
Sponsor AFNIC
Intended use Entities connected with  Réunion
Actual use Used in Reunion Island
Registration restrictions Local presence requirement no longer needed as of 6 December 2011
Structure Registrations are made at second level, or at third level beneath some second-level names
Documents Naming charter for .re
Dispute policies Alternative Dispute Resolutions
Website AFNIC.re

.re is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Réunion (a French island located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar). Along with .fr and .tf, it is administered by AFNIC.

In recent years, the .re TLD has been increasingly used for real estate-related domains (RE = Real Estate), including place names (neighborhoods, cities, countries, etc.), real estate companies, developers/projects, property-related websites, and individual realtors and estate agents around the world. The .re domain has also been applied to insurance and reinsurance companies (e.g. swiss.re), and words ending in .re (for example, adventu.re), similar to contractions used with other TLDs (for example, websites such as bit.ly and delicio.us). Domains with the .re TLD can be registered with some of the largest online registrars such as Name.com, as well as most European domain registrars.

Since 6 December 2011, the rules for registering French domains have changed. The owner of a domain does not need to be based in France anymore. All European individuals, companies and organizations can register French domains. This change affects not only fr-domains, but also .re. For registrants who do not possess a European Union address, a number of trustee services are available so that anyone can register, own and operate a .re domain. Trustee services are offered by companies such as Afnic.fr, 101domain.com, European Domain Centre and Domain.re.

Second-level domains[edit]

In addition to direct second level registrations, registrations have been made at the third level beneath these names:

  • .asso.re - associations
  • .nom.re - surnames
  • .com.re - commercial (unrestricted registration)

Domain names at the official subdomains will from December 6 no longer be registered. The owner of such domain names can renew their existing domains.

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