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International Travelers Arriving in Bali Down 95%

According to the the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, foreign tourist arrivals have dropped 95%. The decline is mosty attributed to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, I Putu Astawa told The Bali Sun that only 500 international visitors arrive on the island per day since the travel bans began. Bali recieved …

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Bali’s Tourism-dependent Economy is ‘Collapsing’ Due Travel Bans

Mangku Nyoman Kandia has been a tour guide in Bali since 1984. He says he’s lost track of the number of people he has taken on tours from around the world, but nothing has prepared him for this. “No tourist, no money,” he said simply. There are few places in the world where hospitality and …

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Bali Has 27 Confirmed Cases As Indonesia Approaches 2000

According to Government Spokesperson, Achmad Yurianto, Bali now has 27 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  Indonesia has recorded 1986 positive cases as of April 4th, 2020, according to the John Hopkins University.  Data released by the Bali government shows that 10 people have recovered and 2 have died from the novel Coronavirus.  According to a new …

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Shutdown In Bali: No Tourists and Empty Streets In Paradise

Bali’s streets and beaches are like you’ve never seen them before – devoid of tourists and traffic. Once packed beaches now sit empty (Photo: Matt George) As the police, military and disaster mitigation agency again conducted widespread disinfectant spraying using water cannons, and Bali beaches were closed to the public, the holiday island’s state of …

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Indonesia President Declares Bali Is Closed To ALL Tourists

Indonesia is to ban all foreign ­arrivals and transit passengers through the country, including Bali, one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, as the nation struggles to contain infection and mortality rates from the corona­virus. The decision follows similar moves by countries across Southeast Asia, although Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said foreigners with residency …

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All Major Beaches In Bali Closed

The Badung government continues closing places where large groups gather and this time it was the Canggu beaches. After Kuta beach was closed a few days ago, all access to the beaches through ​​Canggu, (Echo Beach), Tibubeneng (Berawa) have now been blocked to the public. Authorities say that the beaches were closed because they became …

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Hundreds of Foreign Nationals Flee Bali

Hundreds of foreigners departed Bali over the weekend, some with chartered flights organized by their respective governments, following flight cancelations across the globe amid the COVID-19 outbreak.  The Ngurah Rai Immigration office said in a statement that over 200 foreigners, consisting mostly of German nationals, boarded a chartered German Airlines flight on Saturday headed for …

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Life Inside Australia’s Isolation: Traveler Returning From Bali Describes Tough Conditions

After arriving in Australia from Bali, Tia Nyirongo has been forced into the government’s new state run 14-day quarantine to help stop the spread of Covid-19. For Nyirongo, who has food allergies and a restricted diet, the first 24 hours of quarantine proved to be challenging. After being served a small portion of shellfish for …

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Security Increasing In Bali

Police are beefing up security at vital entrance points to the island, namely Ngurah Rai Airport, Benoa Harbor, Ubung Terminal and the inter-island ferry ports.  They are also patrolling the streets more but point out that crime has actually been on the decrease. “Our main attention is with the people who are arriving, while those …

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Badung Market in Bali Launches New Online Shopping System

The Badung Market Manager has launched online shopping to limit  crowds in the market in order to  prevent the spread of the coronavirus. To meet daily needs, Denpasar residents can shop online starting this Friday (3/27). Perumda Director of the Denpasar Sewakadarma Market said the online shopping system will use a motorcycle taxi app. “By utilizing this service, the people of …

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American Tourist Apprehended For Jogging On Bali’s Day of Silence

A tourist from the United States was apprehended by locals in South Kuta after going for a jog on Bali’s day of silence.  The unidentified man allegedly left his villa while Balinese Hindus were observing Nyepi, which is a day of fasting, silence and meditation. All citizens on the island are required to stay inside …

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Bali’s Nyepi ‘Day of Silence’ Overshadowed By Fears

Bali’s “Day of Silence” was even quieter than usual this year as coronavirus fears prompted authorities to scale back an annual celebration that sees the Hindu-majority island in Indonesia come to a near standstill. Known as Nyepi, the festival calls on locals to stay at home for 24 hours and reflect in a self-imposed lockdown. …

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