The adage "it is easier (or better) to ask forgiveness than permission" does not apply outside of the culture whose moral relativism created it.
"We don't want to go without taking those books. It cost us a lot of money to bring them here," Klein said. "They're saying that it's illegal to bring the Bibles in and that if we wanted to, we had to apply ahead of time for permission."
I thought that you always looked up the rules when you went someplace with a passport.