FIRST THINGS FIRST! Translate your Birth Certificate!
Upon your arrival in France, you need to ensure that you possess a good means of communication, i.e. a mobile phone that works, has all the important contacts and emergency numbers, a bank card which enables you to withdraw money from French ATM’s, and cash (you should carry enough cash so you can pay for the transit from the airport to your accommodation).
It is important that you carry all the important documents for the administrarive procedures that you will have to go through in France. The following list walks you through the required documents: