IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process
The approval of the IDN country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) Fast Track Process by the ICANN Board at its annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea in October 2009, enabled countries and territories to submit requests to ICANN for IDN ccTLDs representing their respective country or territory names in scripts other than US-ASCII characters. A country or territory represented on the ISO3166-1 list is eligible to participate in the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process and to request an IDN ccTLD string that fulfills the additional requirements defined in the Final Implementation Plan for IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process (FIP) [PDF, 851 KB].
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any inquiries about the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process.
For information on countries and territories that have completed the IDN ccTLD Fast Track process, click here.
On 27 June 2013, the ICANN Board approved an amendment to the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process Final Implementation Plan. The amendment implements a two-panel process for string similarity review in the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process using a different methodology by the Extended Process String Review Panel. For details of the process and reports received, click here.
When the ICANN Board of Directors approved the FIP, they also directed the staff "to monitor the operation of the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process at regular intervals to ensure its smooth operation, and, subject to Board review, update the process when new technology or policies become available, with the goal to efficiently meet the needs of Fast Track Process requesters, and to best meet the needs of the global Internet community." Based on the direction, FIP is currently undergoing review. For details, see the recent public comment announcement.
FIP has been revised multiple times since its initial approval. The various versions (in reverse chronological order) are given below:
- Current version of FIP, revised on 5 November 2013, available at:
https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/idn-cctld-implementation-plan-05nov13-en.pdf [PDF, 851 KB]
- FIP version revised on 4 June 2012 available at:
http://www.icann.org/en/resources/idn/fast-track/idn-cctld-implementation-plan-04jun12-en.pdf [PDF, 886 KB]
- FIP version revised on 15 December 2011 available at:
http://www.icann.org/en/resources/idn/fast-track/idn-cctld-implementation-plan-15dec11-en.pdf [PDF, 804 KB]
- Original FIP version, published on 16 November 2009, available at:
http://www.icann.org/en/topics/idn/fast-track/idn-cctld-implementation-plan-16nov09-en.pdf [PDF, 497 KB]