The constitution and other laws and policies protect religious freedom. Although the government does not sponsor religious groups or promote religious activities, prayers are generally offered at government-sponsored ceremonies and events.
The government does not promote or restrain religious activities. The government requires religious groups to obtain charters as nonprofit organizations from the Office of the Attorney General. This registration process is not protracted, and the government did not deny registration to any group during the year. As nonprofit organizations, churches and mission agencies are exempt from paying taxes.
Foreign missionaries are required to obtain a missionary permit at the Office of Immigration; however, there were no reports that the government denied permits to any persons during the year.
The government does not permit religious instruction in public schools. Representatives of any religious group may request government financial support for religious schools. The government also provides small-scale financial assistance to cultural organizations.
The government recognizes Christmas as a national religious holiday.