AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): The Saudi government has allowed foreigners vaccinated with Sputnik V to visit the country. The Muslim religious administration of Tatarstan is now awaiting confirmation of the information to launch the necessary steps, in particular obtaining a quota of pilgrims for the Republic of Tatarstan.
Ranis Vakhitov, director general of DUM RT Hajj, the official operator of hajj in Tatarstan, told RBC Tatarstan that the regional Muslim administration will now receive confirmation of information about the admission of Russians vaccinated by “Sputnik V” in Arabia saudi. After that, they must begin all the procedures, including obtaining a quota of pilgrims for Tatarstan.
“We were very happy to hear from the media the news of the Saudi authorities’ decision to allow Russian Muslims vaccinated by Sputnik V to perform Hajj,” he said.
Vakhitov recalled that the President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov addressed this issue at the last meeting of the strategic vision group “Russia – Islamic World” in Jeddah. According to him, Minnikhanov managed to convince the Saudi authorities to make this decision.
The fact that vaccinated Russians will be allowed to enter Saudi Arabia was announced on November 5 by the press secretary of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Lilia Galimova. She noted that Minnikhanov had a meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister for Hajj and Umrah Abdel Fattah bin Suleiman Mashat, during which he asked to consider the possibility of allowing Muslims from Russia to make a pilgrimage with the Sputnik V vaccine.