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{{warningbox|The Republic of Somaliland is not recognized by any government excepting Eight countries.  If you run into legal problems, you are on your own as there are no consulates to turn to for help. Learning of local laws is very important if you wish to minimize the chances of conflict with local authorities.}}
 
{{warningbox|The Republic of Somaliland is not recognized by any government excepting Eight countries.  If you run into legal problems, you are on your own as there are no consulates to turn to for help. Learning of local laws is very important if you wish to minimize the chances of conflict with local authorities.}}
  
Somaliland is considerably safer compared to other parts of Somalia. Knowing a little of the local language or having an interpreter can go a long way when requesting information should you wish to learn about the surrounding area.
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Somaliland is quite safer compared to other parts of Somalia. Knowing a little of the local language or having an interpreter can go a long way when requesting information should you wish to learn about the surrounding area.
  
  
The Somaliland government requires that all foreigners take armed guards when travelling outside of the major western cities as an extra precaution. These guards are known as SPUs (Special Protection Units) and are available from the local police department or the office of tourism in Hargeisa.
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The Somaliland government requires that all foreigners take armed guards when traveling outside of the major western cities as an extra precaution. These guards are known as SPUs (Special Protection Units) and are available from the local police department or the office of tourism in Hargeisa.
  
{{warningbox|LGBT Travellers: Homosexuality is illegal in Somaliland and can lead to imprisonment and even execution.  If you plan to engage in homosexual activity, do not visit Somaliland.}}
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{{warningbox|LGBT Travelers: Homosexuality is illegal in Somaliland and can lead to imprisonment and even execution.  If you plan to engage in homosexual activity, do not visit Somaliland.}}
  
 
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