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Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 05:15 PM EDT

Panama National Census on 16 May 2010 - Be Counted or Go To Jail

Why Panama & Frequently Asked Questions By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Here's a great question that I received via email this morning: "Hi Don, Maybe a subject for a new article: the "count" as planned for Sunday 16th May. To my surprise, this is not known to many (I only found out yesterday myself ...), and different rumours circulate on what to do / not do on that day. Ranging from "stay at home untill you are counted" (expats)" to "don't bother.... (locals)". Maybe you can shine a light... Best regards, and keep it up with the best English web in Panamá !! John" I've heard the same stories and rumors but don't have the official answer. From what I understand Panama conducts an official national census once every ten years, and the next one is scheduled for Sunday, 16 May 2010. Also, I have been told that it's illegal to leave your house on that day until after you have been counted. Once you have been counted then you will be given a document that you can show if asked. If you are out on the street without the document you will be arrested. And, I have to assume that would apply to everyone except tourists. I guess if you could show your passport with a current and valid tourist stamp, then you would be exempted from the count. Anyway, if anyone has any additional information, or more solid or substantial details, please add to the comments section. Thanks.

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