The constitution and other laws and policies protect religious freedom.
The government does not interfere with an individual’s right to worship. Religion is not listed on national identity documents. Certain types of religious headdress are permissible on photographs for national identity documents provided the face is visible and not shadowed. The law does not prohibit spoken blasphemy but the Criminal Code prohibits written blasphemous vulgar language. Conviction for such an act carries up to two years of imprisonment, although this section of law is rarely, if ever, enforced.
The government funds secular schools and public schools administered by “traditional” Christian denominations. Students at government-funded schools are not obliged to attend religion classes.
To qualify for customs tax exemptions and other privileges, religious groups must register with the Home Affairs Department, which issues licenses for religious groups, buildings, and events. There were no reports that the department denied any registrations.
Foreign missionaries require either a worker’s permit or a waiver from the minister of labor. Foreign missionaries must demonstrate prior experience and have the sponsorship of a registered religious group. There were no reports that the government denied any foreign missionary’s application during the year.
The government observes the following religious holidays as national holidays: Good Friday, Easter Monday, Whit Monday, Corpus Christi, and Christmas.