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Bali resorts are offering tourists dirt cheap accommodation as coronavirus leaves the local economy reeling and the streets deserted, with one family paying $240 a month to stay in a luxury villa

Ukrainian woman Anastasia Strelevske and her mother Larysa arrived in Bali in January and are among the few tourists to stay on the island after COVID-19 spread over the world. 

The pair pay just $240 a month to live in a brand-new hotel on the beach in Kuta and are planning to stay for the remainder of lockdown.

Ukrainian woman Anastasia Strelevske (left) and her mother Larysa (right) arrived in Bali in January and are the few tourists remaining
Ukrainian woman Anastasia Strelevske (left) and her mother Larysa (right) arrived in Bali in January and are the few tourists remaining

‘Staying here is good, I don’t want to go back to my country. Here is good,’ she told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Businesses in the tourist hub are either working to strict hours or have closed, but Ms Strelevske said life had not completely shut down.

She does regular yoga classes with 50 other people and goes for walks along the beach with her mother.  

Ms Strelevske said she is happy living in lockdown on the island, but knows she must keep her maintain social distancing to avoid the virus. 


‘If I keep my distance, stay healthy, keep my immune [system strong], even if I am sick, I will get better,’ she said.

It comes after Bali locals slammed Western tourists who were caught flouting social distancing rules to swim and eat at restaurants.

Tourists were filmed soaking in the sun in Canggu, a resort village on the south coast of the Indonesian island.

Footage taken at the PNB Beach Resort shows groups of western tourists filling out restaurants and swimming in the pool.

A guest at the hotel filmed the videos and told Daily Mail Australia people are blatantly ignoring all regulations in Canggu.Tourists flouting social distancing rules to in BaliLoaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00PlayCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time1:52Fullscreen

This is despite reports as many as 2,200 people in Indonesia have died from COVID-19, far above the official state figure of 765. 

It has one of the lowest testing rates in the world, with experts fearing the situation is far worse than officials are revealing. 

‘There are people en-mass in the hotel restaurant and pool where I am staying despite only three rooms being occupied,’ the hotel guest said.

‘They are all acting as if the whole thing is a farce.’  

Other parts of Bali have been completely deserted as the coronavirus pandemic stopped tourists from holidaying.  

Footage of streets in Seminyak uploaded by Bali Inside Guide on April 22 shows closed stores and barely any traffic on the roads.

Flights to Indonesia were suspended on April 2 as nations around the world closed their borders in an attempt to curb the rate of COVID-19 infections.

Many have been left devastated to see the once vibrant tourist mecca empty, but others said it looked ‘peaceful’ now people on holiday were no longer there. 


Indonesia has banned all tourist and transit travel until further notice.

This means no tourists are allowed to visit – including to the island of Bali.

All those arriving in Indonesia from overseas with an existing resident visa are required to undertake 14 days of quarantine. 

For those already there, there is a very limited availability of testing and infection control facilities.

Critical care, including in Bali, is significantly below the standards available in Australia. 

Medical evacuation for COVID-19 patients will not be permitted. 

There is a critical lack of intensive care and ventilators. 

Tourism businesses in Bali were among the hardest hit by the travel restrictions with more than 46,000 employees being furloughed. 

Eerie photos of Ngurah Rai International Airport emerged on March 12 of the once-bustling international airport almost devoid of people.

The photos were posted on social media by a local tour guide accompanied by the caption: ‘Bali Airport today at 9.30am. Very Empty. Bali very sad and hard life.’

On April 14, Australians were warned that they may be blocked from going abroad until at least January, with the ban on international travel likely to stay until next year.

Holidaymakers should avoid booking any international travel during the coronavirus crisis, warned Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham.

‘I wouldn’t put any guarantees that you could undertake that overseas trip in December,’ he told ABC’s News Breakfast.

‘This is a time where, unfortunately, people can’t undertake holidays and they won’t be able to go overseas for quite some time to come.’  

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