All passengers travelling to the kingdom are required to download "Tawakkalna" mobile application before departure and upload their vaccination status.
The Qassim region is famed for its Sukkari dates, which auctioneer Abdulaziz Al Falwa says can vary in price from 5 riyals ($1.33) for 3kg to up to 700 riyals($186.66), depending on the quality.
Hundreds of cars crowded roads linking Saudi Arabia and Bahrain on Monday, as Riyadh permitted citizens vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel abroad more than a year after barring external trips.
Health ministry of Saudi Arabia on Sunday registered 1,024 new coronavirus infections and one death. Daily cases had fallen below 100 in September.
The ministry said in a press statement that the number of applicants for Hajj from inside Saudi Arabia has reached more than 390,000, adding that the selection of candidates will be done by electronic lottery.
Saudi Arabia lifted coronavirus travel restrictions on Monday on its citizens travelling to Turkey, India, Ethiopia and Vietnam, state news agency SPA reported.
Saudi Press Agency said that citizens of any country who hold one of the three visas, and who are travelling on one of the country’s national carriers — Saudia, Flynas or Flyadeal — can now receive a 12-month tourism visa on arrival.
"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has granted approval for entry of individuals vaccinated with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine starting from Jan.1, 2022," the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which financed the development of Sputnik V, said in a statement.
The religious rites will begin on Sunday. Only 60,000 fully vaccinated Saudi citizens and residents from more than 558,000 applicants have been chosen for the downsized pilgrimage.