Effective at the close of the ARRL Board meeting yesterday (20th January, 2018) — an additional DXCC criterion will be added to the ARRL DXCC List Critera. Specifically: Section II, Political Entities.
The new rule adds entities having an IARU Member Society AND being listed on the United States Department of State List of Independent State in the World. Note that BOTH of these criteria must exist.
Additional information, including QSO start dates, etc. should be forthcoming in the next few days.
Basically, the tweet sent out yesterday by DX-World concerning Kosovo is pretty accurate. QRX for more..
Strong rumours suggest Kosovo will become [after a long time & with their IARU membership] the newest DXCC entity. *Emphasis on rumours * …. T.B.C / QRX !
— DX World (@DX_World) January 20, 2018