Father and son Brian Russell Finn and Luke Russell Finn were being held at a police station in Patong today in advance of a court appearance that could see them fined or jailed.
According to officers from Kathu Police Station, the pair ate lunch at the Blue Marine Resort and Spa on September 5, 2013, but left without paying.
On September 27 that year, the police obtained arrest warrants. By then, the Finns had left Thailand.
When the pair stepped off a flight at Phuket airport at 10.30pm last night, Immigration officials noted that both were on the blacklist and held them until officers from Patong arrived to escort them to the police station.
Two years is a long time for the bill to be presented for a meal. In that time, the resort has changed management and is now the Centara Blue Marine Resort and Spa.
The men are likely to face Phuket Provincial Court today.
Phuketwan called the New Zealand Embassy to check whether envoys had been made aware of the case and was told to call a number for the media in New Zealand.