Coronavirus and travel: Trans-Tasman bubble could open with direct flights from Tasmania to New Zealand

Tasmania is considering direct flights to and from New Zealand for the first time in more than two decades under a mooted trans-Tasman travel bubble.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday said a safe travel zone between the countries had been discussed in recent weeks but was still "some time away".

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein has held discussions with Tourism Tasmania and Hobart Airport about the prospect of direct flights.

"This isn't going to happen tomorrow, it's not going to happen next week," Mr Gutwein said.

"(But) as we work our way through the course of the calendar year if the opportunity arises ... then that's an opportunity we will look at. It's one that I'm looking to pursue."

Mr Gutwein said appropriate quarantine and border force arrangements would need to be set up before any flights were possible.

AAP

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