The constitution and other laws and policies protect religious freedom.
There is no state religion. The law allows recognition of any religious group through formal registration.
To receive tax exempt status, a religious group must register as a welfare organization with the Ministry of Health and Social Services. A religious group operating an income-generating program must also register as a not-for-profit organization with the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
If a religious group seeks to obtain land at the reduced rate offered to welfare organizations, it must demonstrate to the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing, and Rural Development that it has registered with the Ministry of Health and Social Services as a welfare organization, has a constitution, is a member of the Council of Churches, and has sound financial management. The group must have at least 250 members and have been in operation for at least two years. The law also permits a religious group that is not a member of the Council of Churches to register as a nongovernmental organization.
The government observes the following religious holidays as national holidays: Good Friday, Easter Monday, Ascension Day, and Christmas.