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Illegal Guides Fined

Government Cracks Down on Unlicensed Guides.

(5/6/2002) 10 unlicensed guides were recently detained and fined in official sweeps conducted at Kerta Gosa Hall of Justice in Klungkung and the nearby Goa Lawah Bat Cave Temple. In all, 10 illegal guides were netted in the raids and charged with violating the provincial laws on tourism.

In a trial conducted on Wednesday, May 1, 2002, the 10 illegal guides were found guilty and fined between Rp. 25,000 and Rp. 45,000.

Regular official checks on guides are carried out across the island with those captured by authorities usually found to be lacking an official guides license or holding an expired permit.

In order to obtain an official guide license in Bali, applicants must follow a guide course, take a written test, and pay a registration fee of Rp. 15,000 to the Government and another separate fee to the guide association.