But the half-island country and the peninsula in south-east Asia are giving hope to deflated travellers.
Because they are back on the exempt list of countries from where you don’t have to self-isolate on return to the UK.
Which means that those countries that have been stuck back on the exempt list, most notably Spain and Portugal have a way back.
And I am still spitting that the Covid-lite Canary Islands, 1500 miles south of Spain, are on the list.
Splendid isolation in Tenerife
Both are known for their lush gardens, and the mother-in-law has long been hankering to go out to Madeira, mentioning it again only yesterday.
With the current lightning changes you can find yourself rushed away from your destination, or forced to sit it out until things change.
So when you do get out there Even Scarier One then don’t feel you need to rush back. Enjoy yourself.
Most of us wouldn’t have noticed.
But the UK Government slipped the change in Brunei and Malaysia’s status into their most recent pronouncements on the exempt list.
Us Francophiles are now getting nervous about our plans for France.
And again our politicians are stubbornly ignoring the option of selective lockdowns.
Now back to those exotic destinations Brunei and Malaysia, if they want me to sample their wares they know where to find me.