.QA domains pertain to Qatar. Created year 1996, .qa domains are rarely used by foreign companies or persons, there are currently about 14,000 registered .qa domains.
.QA domains are managed by Internet Qatar.
Rates and features
Extension rules .qa
.qa domain life cycle
|Domain available||Domain active||Domain available|
.qa domains permit characters from 'a' to 'z', numbers from '0' to '9' and hyphens '-'.
A hyphen '-' is not permitted in the first or last position of the domain name.
Two consecutive hyphens are not permitted in the 3rd and 4th position.
This extension doesn't have any residency requirements.
.QA domains require the DNS to be active on different subnets and to be authoritative for the domain at the time of registration. You can check if they pass these minimum requirements using our Zone Check tool.
.qa domain registrations aren't immediate.
Average duration of the registration process: 2-5 work days
To complete .QA domain transfer, you'll need your current registrar to provide you the domain's AuthCode or EPP-Key to verify the ownership of the domain.
Transfers can take between 5 and 7 days to complete. Some registrars provide manual transfers allowing transfers to be completed on the same day, contact your current registrar to find out if they offer this service.
When the transfer ends, the expiration date doesn't change.
The renewal of .QA domains is different than with other extensions.
It's necessary to request the domain renewal at least 14 days before the domain expiration.
In case the renewal request is done after this date, the correct renewal is not guaranteed.
It's possible to request a cancellation of your .QA domain, visit the support center to open a support ticket. Please note, cancelling a name does not provide a refund of any registration fees.
DNS modification is immediate, please note they must propagate through the network, this process can take up to 6-12 hours to complete, until then the domain will still point to the previous DNS servers.
Domain owner change
Unfortunately it's not possible to make ownership changes in this type of domain names.
In this section you will find links to official documentation of the extension.
- .QA don't have extra documentation.
This extension supports:
- IDN Characters
- DNS Modification
- Special DNS requirements
- Whois Privacy
- Transfer lock