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Introduced11 September 1995 (root zone)
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
RegistryVatican Internet Service
SponsorHoly See Secretariat of State
Intended useEntities connected with   Vatican City
Registration restrictionsNo public registrations are available
Dispute policiesNone

.va is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the Vatican City State.[1] It is administered by the Vatican Internet Service.[2]


The .va top-level domain was created in 1995[3] by the Archbishop John Patrick Foley of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.[4] The website went live on Christmas day of 1995.[5]


Second-level domains are not available to the public.[citation needed]

Name and email servers within the .va namespace include (DNS and email), (DNS), (email), (email), and (email).[citation needed]


There are at least 23 easily found names starting with "www" in the va zone, with many more subdomains for email only.[6][7]

See also


  1. ^ "Delegation Record for .VA". Internet Assigned Numbers Authority. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  2. ^ "The Vatican Internet Service". Archived from the original on 2021-08-02. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  3. ^ "Vatican opposes faith-based Web addresses". Religion News Service. 2009-03-07. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  4. ^ "Cardinal John Patrick Foley dies at the age of 76". Catholic Philly. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  5. ^ "Pope John Paul II Brings the Vatican Online". dummies. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  6. ^ "Vatican Internet Sites". Retrieved 2022-09-12.
  7. ^ "VA Zone File". Robert Baskerville's ccTLD analysis data. 2007-12-28. Archived from the original on 19 January 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-28.