I have read that a police escort from the elite Special Police Unit (SPU) is required in Somaliland when traveling outside of Hargeisa. E.g. https://www.onceinalifetimejourney.com/reviews/everything-else/safety-in-somaliland-is-somaliland-safe-to-visit/#Police_escort_in_Somaliland:

One of the most unique parts of traveling in Somaliland is the mandatory police escort all visitors outside of Hargeisa get.

Is a police escort in Somaliland assigned to the foreigner automatically or must the foreigner request it? If automatically, how does the law enforcement become aware the foreigner needs a police escort? If not automatically, how does the foreigner request the police escort?

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According to Lonely Planet:

All hotels can arrange SPU protection. It costs about US$20 per day for a soldier, plus food.


As of my personal experience from 2014, you have to request it. You will not automatically be accompanied by a police escort.

*** Update***

Again, as of my personal experience from 2014, you are able to travel to Tog Wajaale and Berbara without SUP facing no problems.

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