Amazon Web Services
General Reference (Version 1.0)

Managing AWS Regions

You can use the AWS Management Console to enable and disable some AWS Regions. This allows you to control whether users in your AWS account can access resources in that Region. You can enable and disable Regions only if they are not enabled by default.

Enabling a Region

To enable a Region, you must be an administrator for the account with permissions to enable Regions. To view an example policy that includes these permissions, see AWS: Allows Enabling and Disabling AWS Regions in the IAM User Guide.

When you enable a Region, AWS performs actions to prepare your account in that Region, such as distributing your IAM resources to the Region. This process takes a few minutes for most accounts, but this can take several hours. You cannot use the Region until this process is complete.

To enable a Region

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console using administrative credentials with a policy that allows enabling Regions. To view an example policy that provides these permissions, see AWS: Allows Enabling and Disabling AWS Regions in the IAM User Guide.

  2. In the upper right corner of the console, choose your account name or number and then choose My Account.

  3. In the AWS Regions section, next to the name of the Region that you want to enable, choose Enable.

  4. In the dialog box, review the informational text and choose Enable Region.

  5. Wait until the Region is ready to use.

Disabling a Region

To disable a Region that you no longer want members of your account to use, you should first remove all resources from that Region. After you disable a Region, you can no longer view or manage resources in that Region. However, resources in that Region can continue to incur charges. For more information, see Enabling and Disabling Regions in the AWS Billing and Cost Management User Guide.

To disable a Region

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console using administrative credentials with a policy that allows disabling Regions. To view an example policy that provides these permissions, see AWS: Allows Enabling and Disabling AWS Regions in the IAM User Guide.

  2. In the upper right corner of the console, choose your account name or number and then choose My Account.

  3. In the AWS Regions section, next to the name of the Region that you want to disable, choose Disable.

  4. In the dialog box, review the informational text and choose Disable Region.

Resources in the Region are immediately unavailable.