Scott Morrison wants overseas travel bubbles in place before the end of the year even if some states do not take part, Daily Mail Australia understands.
The federal government began travel-bubble talks with New Zealand in May but the plan was put on hold when coronavirus cases in Melbourne spiked.
Now that case numbers are coming down after strict lockdowns, international travel is back on the agenda.
Scott Morrison would like to see overseas travel bubbles in place before the end of the year. Pictured: Tahiti in French Polynesia
Japan, which has low case number of coronavirus, wants to be part of a travel bubble with Australia. Pictured: Tokyo
Japan, Singapore and Pacific islands such as Fiji, which have low case numbers or zero community transmission, have said they would like travel bubbles with Australia.
The prime minister is keen for arrangements to be in place by Christmas, but only if the health experts say it is safe.
'The aim is later this year but it's dependent on the health advice,' a federal source told Daily Mail Australia.
A travel bubble deal with another country would allow Aussies to fly there without having to quarantine when they get home.
It would also allow tourists from that country to enter Australia without quarantine, boosting the economy and providing jobs.
Japan, Singapore and Pacific islands such as Fiji (pictured), which have zero community transmission, have said they would like travel bubbles with Australia
The federal government began travel bubble talks with New Zealand in May but the plan was put on hold when coronavirus cases in Melbourne spiked. Pictured: Fiordland National Park
Unlike domestic borders, which are controlled by state governments, international flights are overseen by the federal government.
However, the prime minister is likely to respect a request from a premier who does not want international flights to and from their state.
This means that people living in Sydney could be allowed abroad but people in Perth, where Premier Mark McGowan is reluctant to open up, may be trapped at home.
Tourism operators in states that request to limit flights or keep quarantine measures in place will continue to be starved of international customers.
If some states encourage international travel and benefit from it then this could put pressure on other states to follow suit.
In normal times almost a million jobs in Australia are directly or indirectly linked to tourism.
State premiers are facing growing calls to ease border restrictions. Pictured: The NSW-Victoria border at Albury
On Friday Mr Morrison