DV-2018 registration is going to start from October 2, 2016 and end on November 3, 2016.
Time to submit online form for applying DV 2018: From October 2, 12:00 Noon to November 3 12:00 Noon.
The time above given is in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) which is (GMT -4).
The U.S. Department of State Electronic Diversity Visa Entrant Status Check for Diversity Visa Program for DV-2018 is available until September 30, 2016. The Entrant Status Check for DV-2018 applicants will remain open until September 30, 2016.