The Entry Service receives and deals with all applications to join Auroville, as Newcomers, Returning Aurovilians or Friends of Auroville, and oversees the entry procedures.
New applicants are normally received by appointment only after they have spent at least 3 consecutive months in Auroville, for becoming informed and acquainted with it.
In consideration of the introduction of the "Monthly visa on arrival" from the Government of India, which applies to a limited number of countries of origin, it must be clarified that:
1) The one month visa on a arrival is strictly for the purpose of tourism and is meant to facilitate tourists and travelers.
2) If one wishes to spend more time in Auroville, please obtain an appropriate 3/6 month tourist visa from the Indian embassy/consulate before coming to India.
3) If one decides to join Auroville and start a Newcomer process, a visa with a minimum validity of 3 months will only suffice, as one has to spend 3 months in Auroville so as to apply with the Entry Service.
For more info, contact the Entry Service office at the Town Hall Mon/Wed/Fri 10 to 12 am.