The streets of Bali that were once crowded with tourists are now empty as Indonesia struggles during the coronavirus pandemic.
Thousands of Bali residents have been left unemployed after the Indonesian government declared a state of emergency prohibiting all non-nationals from entering the country.
Last year, more than a million Australians visited the island with many vacations at hot spots such as Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu.
But since tourists have stopped pouring in, Bali has become a ghost town with guides, hotel workers, and shopkeepers struggling to hit the economy.
The streets of Bali that were once crowded with tourists are now unrecognizable as Indonesia struggles to float amid the outbreak of the deadly corona virus (photo: empty street in Bali)
A sunset is captured on a beach in Bali before the travel ban banned all non-residents from entering the country
A fisherman is seen on Pandawa Beach after it has been closed to tourists amid the spread of the corona virus
Mangku Nyoman Kandia has been organizing tours of the island for more than 35 years, saying the outbreak of the virus has been worse for the economy than the Bali bombings.
“The corona virus has caused the Balinese economy to collapse … it has been a steep decline ever since [mid-March] when social distance measures were taken, “Mr. Kandia told the ABC.
Now forced to take on chores such as construction and driving, Mr. Kandia has dug in his savings to survive.
He said he was only one in 7,000 guides who had to stop working.
Distressing photos have left the busy streets of Seminyak almost empty and the beaches in Kuta deserted.
Wedding photographer, Govinda Rumi, said he was unlikely to have any more weddings this year.
“There is no income … I can’t envision a new wedding this year, because even if it gets better, people don’t spend that much money,” said Mr. Rumi.
Mangku Nyoman Kandia (photo) has been organizing tours of the island for over 35 years, saying the outbreak of the virus has been worse for the economy than the Bali bombings
A motorist is seen walking the deserted streets around Ground Zero Memorial in Bali
Usually crowded with tourists and travelers, Kuta has been seen almost empty since the outbreak of the deadly disease
The Pandawa Beach boardwalk is empty at the end of March in the wake of the corona virus in South Kuta, Bali
“Photographers stay alive by setting up home kitchens or delivering food … so it’s time to get creative to survive.”
Some tourists were lucky enough to go on vacation in Bali before the travel ban went into effect.
Jean Louise Courtney shared a photo of a Bali sunset in late March, saying she saw staff with tears in their eyes as the last herd of tourists left the country.
“We were probably the last people to use our nanny, our driver and the last at our resort when they closed their businesses when we left,” she wrote on Facebook.
“I just wanted to say that we left our last meeting with our Bali helpers (babysitter and driver) while they were watching us and they had tears in their eyes because we would probably be their last job for quite some time.
Shops can be seen closed on the streets of Kuta, Bali after tourists were banned from entering Indonesia
Closed souvenir shops can be seen in Kuta, a hot spot for tourists in the Indonesian city. The city has remained scarce for tourists ever since
Tourists see breaking rules to sit on Jimbaran Beach after the beach closed on March 31
Neither knew each other, but both spoke to us about how Bali survived the bombing and grew again, but thinks it will be much more difficult this time. Both had families to eat and I felt their grief and fear. ‘
About 12 million people in Indonesia work in tourism-based positions.
The government announced that a total of $ 40 billion would be used to help the Indonesian economy in three different stimulus packages.
It includes tax breaks and grants for individuals and businesses, along with an online refresher and training programs that can help those who are financially affected by the corona virus
But not everyone has access to these programs and is forced to instead rely on their own councils to provide food and support.
There are more than 2,400 cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia and 209 people have died.
Some of the last tourists enjoy Jimbaran Beach on March 31 before travel bans were issued
A deserted beach in Bali. Thousands of workers have been left unemployed after tourists were denied access to Indonesia
Gusti Ngurah Rai airport is almost empty after the virus has spread to Indonesia and infected more than 2,400 people
Tourists sit on Jimbaran Beach before Indonesia declared a state of emergency banning all non-residents