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Faith-based travel includes, but is not limited to, pilgrimages, service projects, missionary work, and faith-based tours. Every year, millions of U.S. citizens participate safely in some form of religious travel. However, U.S. faith-based travelers should know that in some countries it is a crime to conduct religious activities. You need to know the laws and conditions of the country you wish to visit.
Before You Go
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Traveling Under a Sponsoring Organization?
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While You’re There
Remember, you are subject to the laws and justice system of the countries you are visiting.
Many countries have laws that restrict religious expression. These may include restrictions on:
These laws may be applied inconsistently to foreign visitors, so be sure to research the local laws and customs of your destination country.
When possible, coordinate with members of the faith community in your destination country, to ensure planned activities are culturally and legally appropriate.
If you run into problems while overseas, contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
Always carry the address and phone number of the U.S. embassy or consulate with you, in English and the local language. Consular Officers may be able to help if you run into problems, especially if you feel you cannot approach local police, or if you need help communicating with local authorities. Consular Officers will not generalize, make assumptions, or pass judgment, and will work to safeguard your privacy under applicable U.S. laws and policies.