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.Asia is opening up in July

Domains will be easier to register and open to people outside of Asia.

Ten years after its initial release, the .Asia top level domain name will become easier to register for people outside of Asia this summer.

Currently, registrants need to provide a regional contact or ID (essentially, a contact in Asia) before a  .Asia domain can be registered. That will change on July 15 when the Charter Eligibility Requirement Policies are updated.

The new policy will eliminate the need for the local presence check during the registration process, so it will be possible to register a .Asia domain without jumping through hoops.

Currently, many domain name registrars offer a free or low-cost proxy in Asia for .Asia registrants. But some registrars, including GoDaddy, follow stringent requirements for registrations.

There are over 200,000 registered .Asia domain names.

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Author: Andrew Allemann

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