On 17 August 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for Lebanon, which reads in part as follows: “Basic commodities (fuel, medicines, food) have become increasingly scarce due to the economic crisis. You should therefore bring any medicines you need with you to Lebanon. The legal status and regulation of some medicines prescribed or purchased in the UK can be different in other countries. If you’re travelling with prescription medication you should carry a medical certificate confirming that the medication has been prescribed for a medical condition.

“Petrol is difficult to access, with restrictions of supply at short notice. There are frequent, prolonged closures of fuel stations. You should plan ahead and ensure you have sufficient fuel in your car before travelling. Arguments at fuel stations have sometimes become violent and involved the use of weapons. You should always ensure that your vehicle is positioned to be able to leave a fuel queue quickly if tensions rise. Diesel is increasingly difficult to access, leading to frequent unplanned closures of power generators. This has led to prolonged power cuts across the country, with a knock on impact on other services, such as transport, internet, water and waste collection, and shops, cafes and restaurants.”