The constitution and other laws and policies generally protect religious freedom.
The constitution stipulates only laypersons may seek election to congress.
By law only the legislature has the authority to confer the status of a legally recognized church. The constitution authorizes the executive branch to grant juridical personality to associations, including religious associations, which provides for tax exemptions and customs duty waivers. The government does not require religious groups to register.
Associations seeking juridical personality must submit an application to the Secretariat of State of Interior and Population (SSIP), describing their internal organization, bylaws, and goals. The secretariat refers the applications of evangelical churches to a group from the Evangelical Confederation of Honduras for review. This group may suggest but not require changes. The office of the solicitor general must review all applications from religious groups and render a constitutional opinion. Applications also require presidential signature.
A 2010 law that granted official recognition to a limited confederation of religious groups remains in effect, despite a 2012 Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) decision finding it unconstitutional for violating the constitutional protection of freedom of religion. The law will not be officially repealed until the CSJ decision is published in the official register, which requires an act of Congress.
The government requires foreign missionaries to obtain entry and residence permits. A local institution or individual must sponsor a missionary’s application for residency, which is submitted to the SSIP.
The law prohibits the immigration of foreign missionaries who practice religions claiming to use witchcraft or satanic rituals, and allows deportation of foreigners who practice witchcraft or “religious fraud.”