France : documents to keep on you

DOCUMENTS TO KEEP ON YOU (in case of a baggage problem)


Identification documents

  • Citizens of the European Economic Area and Switzerland: national ID or valid passport
  • Other nationalities: valid passport for the duration of the stay + visa
  • Everyone: birth certificate (translation and certified true copy)
  • Driving license: if you want to drive in France, hire a car for the weekend, etc.
  • Documents for studies:
  • Certificate of enrolment in the institution (make a note of the addresses and contact information for your school or university, department, section and International Relations Department)
  • Language certificate (French, English, etc.)
  • Prior diplomas: translation and certified true copy
  • Health and immunization record: original or copy


Day-to-day life

  • Your mobile telephone (in case of emergency): activate the international option if necessary
  • A bank card that lets you withdraw money in France (check inter-bank agreements)
  • Your printed housing reservation
  • Documents requested to receive the keys to your housing
  • Your printed train reservation
  • Your printed itinerary from the airport (train, metro, bus, etc.): airports, train, bus, walking, etc. (cf. “1 month before” sheet)
  • Your contact list
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