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.CH

.CH is the official country code Top-Level-Domain (ccTLD) of Switzerland. A .CH domain is normally used by companies or private entities who are located in Switzerland or who have business relationships with Switzerland.


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Introduced 1987
Country Switzerland
Registry SWITCH
IDN Capable Yes
Webpage Register .CH

Contents


Registry

TLD

.ch

Registry

SWITCH

Dispute Policy

Rules

Registrar

1api GmbH

WHOIS-Server

whois.nic.ch

WHOIS-Update

24 hours

Min. Characters

3

Max. Characters

63

Character Set
  • Letters and numbers
  • Hyphens ("-"), however not at the beginning or directly in front of the TLD
  • IDN: allowed
Limitations
  • Registrant Contacts: Required: 1 / Maximum: 1
  • Admin Contacts: Required: 0 / Maximum: 1
  • Tech Contacts: Required: 0 / Maximum: 1
  • Billing Contacts: Required: 0 / Maximum: 1

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IDN capable

Yes

Restore capable

Real-Time

Handle Updates

Supported

Registration System

Real-Time

Allowed number of NS

0 to 13

Registry Nameservercheck

No

Host IP-Addresses Type

IPv4 / IPv6

Hosts managed as

Object

Root Nameserver Update

2 times a day

SEC DNS Interface

DS data interface

Transferclass

Pull

Transfer Periods

0Y

Transfer Authcode required

Yes

Transfer Real-Time

Yes

Transfer Lock

No

Transfer Confirmation (Request / Approve)

- / -

Owner Change by

Trade

Trade Real-Time

Yes

Trade Periods

-

Transfer included

No

Trade Confirmation (Request / Approve)

- / -

Trade ACK by

-

Trade NACK by

-


Periods

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Registration Periods

1 year

Add Grace Period

0 days

Accounting Period

0 days

Finalization Period

9 days

Failure Period

9 days

Payment Period

-61 days

Deletion Restorable Period

40 days

Deletion Hold Period

0 days

Explicit Renewals

No

Renewal Periods

1 year


API

Domain Registration

Domains can be registered in Real-Time with the API AddDomain command.

command = AddDomain
domain  = (DOMAIN)

REQUIRED

ownercontact0 = (CONTACT)
admincontact0 = (CONTACT)
techcontact0 = (CONTACT)
billingcontact0 = (CONTACT)
nameserver0 = (NAMESERVER)
nameserver1 = (NAMESERVER)

OPTIONAL

auth = (TEXT) | (NULL)
period = (PERIOD)

Domain Transfer

The transfer has to be initiated by the gaining registrar and can be requested with the API TransferDomain command.
A valid Authorization Code must be provided to initiate a transfer successfully. You may obtain the authorization code from the losing registrar.
Domain transfers are processed in Real-Time.

command = TransferDomain
domain = (DOMAIN)

REQUIRED

auth = (TEXT)

OPTIONAL

period = (PERIOD)
action = REQUEST | APPROVE | DENY | CANCEL | USERTRANSFER

Delete Domain

Domains can be deleted with the API DeleteDomain command.
There is a Deletion Restorable Period of 40 days.

command = DeleteDomain
domain = (DOMAIN)

Further information can be found at TLD specific

Restore Domain

Restores can be processed in realtime. A restore is possible within 40 days upon deletion. Please use the command RestoreDomain. In exceptional cases restores can also be performed during the Deletion Hold Period. Please contact our support team.

command = RestoreDomain
domain = (DOMAIN)

OPTIONAL

subuser = (TEXT)
renewalmode = (NULL) | (TEXT)

Ownerchange

All contact information with the exception of registrant Name, Firstname and Organisation can be updated through the ModifyDomain command.

Please note that the registry does not support handle updates. You have to create a new handle containing the same information for Name, Firstname and Organisation as well as the updated contact information and attach it to the domain with the ModifyDomain command.
command = ModifyDomain
domain = (domain)

REQUIRED

ownercontact0 = (CONTACT)


In order to change the owner you have to request a trade with the TradeDomain command. This can be done through our web interface or through our API:

command = TradeDomain
domain = (DOMAIN)

REQUIRED

ownercontact0 = (CONTACT)

The trade request will be processed in Real-Time by the registry.

A Change of Registrar with the simultaneous change in the Registrant is not possible. Please be aware that domain name must be already managed by us.

TLD specific

Transferlock

After a successful transfer, the registry applies the status serverTransferProhibited. While the domain name has this status, it cannot be transferred to another Partner. This status lasts 60 days and is then automatically removed.

Delete restrictions

As soon as a .CH domain gets deleted in our system, the registrant will receive an information eMail with the following options:

1. If he wants to renew the domain he should contact his domain provider.
2. If he wants to transfer the domain to another registrar, the respective authorization code will be provided in this eMail
3. If no action is taken the domain name will be deleted after 14 days.

A demo of this email can be viewed here: Example deletion e-Mail.pdf

Immediate Deletion Process

CH Domains can also be deleted by immediate effect by using the following form: Immediate deletion.pdf
Please fax this form to +49 6841 6984-299. As soon as we have received your fax, we will immediately delete your domain at the registry SWITCH.

Addons

RegistrarOC

Restore Process

To restore a domain as a RegistrarOC customer, you simply have to execute the RestoreDomain command. HEXONET directly forwards the restore request to the registry, which performs the restore in real-time. As soon as the restore is complete, the domain will get assigned to your account with the original domain data.

Please do not initiate a restore directly at the registry (e.g. using the registrar webinterface). All restore operations must be performed through our system.