Canberrans planning on heading away will need to remember to pack their face mask.

All travellers over the age of 12 will now be required to wear a mask within all domestic airports across the country as well as on flights within Australia and to and from overseas destinations.

The change to Australia’s coronavirus restrictions was adopted during Friday’s National Cabinet meeting amid increasing concern about the increasing prevalence of the UK’s more contagious strain of COVID-19.

The Prime Minister, along with the State and Territory leaders, also agreed to a temporary reduction to the cap returned overseas travellers.

Those wishing to return from overseas will now be required to return a negative result to a coronavirus test before boarding their flight to Australia.

International aircrew will also need to be tested for the virus every seven days or on arrival into the country.