IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process
ICANN's IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process was created to enable ccTLD managers to request an expedited evaluation of internationalized versions of their country's top-level domain. Countries with an Alpha-2 code on the ISO 3166-1 Standard are allowed to apply for an IDN ccTLD in scripts other than Latin. The strings must comply with all requirements in the Final Implementation Plan (FIP) for the process.
The ICANN Board approved the FIP for the IDN Fast Track Process at ICANN36 in October, 2009 The Process was launched on November 16, 2009. The first IDN requests, from Egypt, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, were approved in January 2010.
ICANN reports that as of May 2020, sixty-two string requests had passed through the Fast Track Process, on behalf of forty-three different countries. As of March 2021, a total of seventy strings (including requested variant strings for a specific country) have passed through the process. India accounts for fifteen IDNs, representing four languages in fifteen scripts.
- ICANN.org - IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process
- The most recent version of the Final Implementation Plan, March 28, 2019 (PDF)
- ICANN Board Meeting Minutes, October 30, 2009
- ICANN.org - IDN Fast Track Completed String Evaluations
- ICANN.org - First IDN ccTLD Requests Successfully Pass String Evaluation, January 21, 2010
- Specific alphabetical link to ICANN's table of successful requests